San Diego Gas & Electric and the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) together urged the California Public Utilities Commission to make way for renewables procurement bids by summertime. SDG&E is ready to boost its green power portfolio in accordance with the renewables portfolio standard (RPS) law, SB 1078, which requires a 1 percent annual increase in clean power, and the ground rules need to be set sooner than later, the two organizations said in rare partnership. ?Creating an unnecessary overly prescriptive process could delay, even thwart implementation of SB 1078,? said Roby Roberts, a CEERT member and manager of PPM Energy?s renewables development during a February 4 meeting with commission advisers and SDG&E. Nearly a week after the meeting, CPUC president Michael Peevey said during a Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee hearing that the first RPS solicitation would be by SDG&E this June. The utility hopes to have its RPS deals signed and approved by the commission by the end of the year. The CPUC has been criticized for bogging down implementation of the RPS that requires a renewables bid solicitation process (see <i>Energy Circuit<\/i>, January 30, 2004). When the initial CPUC procurement decision was made in June 2003, only a few matters needed to be nailed down regarding the ground rules for getting bids out the door, according to CEERT. The CPUC must commit to implementing the RPS law passed more than one year ago and allow a midyear solicitation ?to preserve? the law and ensure that the commission?s ?renewables procurement goals are actually met,? said Sara Meyers, an attorney for the renewables group.