Renewable Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program  

Updated 01/27/2021  

The Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (ReMAT) is a feed-in tariff program for small renewable generators less than 3 MW in size. (Another option for small bioenergy generators is through the Bioenergy Market Adjusting Tariff). Through the ReMAT program up to 493.6 MW of capacity are available to eligible projects through a fixed-price standard contract to export electricity to California's three large investor-owned utilities (IOUs). Electricity generated as part of the ReMAT program counts towards the utilities' RPS targets. The ReMAT Program replaced the AB 1969 Feed-in Tariff Program in 2013. The amount for each IOU is:

Program History

The Renewable Feed-in Tariff Program began with AB 1969 (2007) which was implemented via Decision (D.) 07-07-027, and it was revised by SB 380 (2008), SB 32 (2009), and SB 2 (1X) (2011).  On October, 1 2013, the IOUs launched a revised program, known as the ReMAT Program, which was characterized by bimonthly program periods and an adjusting price.

AB 1979 (Bigelow, 2016) added Section 399.20.5 to the Public Utilities Code and updated the effective capacity for conduit hydropower projects that were operational prior to January 1, 1990 from 3 MW to 4 MW.  AB 1979 was implemented via D.17-08-021

On December 15, 2017, PG&E, SCE and SDG&E were ordered by CPUC Executive Director letter to halt new ReMAT contract offerings, suspend holding any ReMAT Program Periods, and not to accept any ReMAT applications pending further Commission notice. Already-executed ReMAT contracts and existing ReMAT contracts must continue with their full force and effect.

On June 26, 2020, the Commission issued an Assigned Commissioner's and Assigned Administrative Law Judge's Ruling to seek comment on proposed modifications to the ReMAT program, including a Staff proposal to use administratively determined prices by product category with a time-of-delivery adjustment.

On October 16, 2020, the Commission issued Decision D.20-10-005 modifying aspects of the ReMAT program to bring it into compliance with both the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 and Section 399.20 of the Public Utilities Code. The decision adopted an electricity pricing methodology to calculate a fixed rate available to qualifying renewable generators that is based on the weighted average of recently-executed long-term RPS contracts, eliminated caps on procurement during bimonthly Program Periods, and resumed the ReMAT program.  Energy Division will annually update the ReMAT prices by Resolution.

A ReMAT revisit is scoped in the proceeding for the Commission to consider additional program refinements. As information becomes available it will be served to the Rulemaking R.18-07-003 service list.

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