State regulators approved the three investor-owned utilities\u2019 2012 renewable solicitation plans Nov. 9. The California Public Utilities Commission gave Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric the green light to issue bids for renewable supplies. It authorized Southern California Edison to fill its renewable demand with small renewable projects and forego requesting offers for large renewable projects under the program. The 2012 solicitations are required under the state\u2019s 33 percent renewables mandate. CPUC president Mike Peevey took issue with his colleagues congratulating themselves for keeping the one-third alternative energy mandate set for 2020 on track. \u201cI would like to see us go beyond 33 percent,\u201d Peevey said. Regulators specifically agreed to let Edison sign deals with distributed renewable generation projects sized below 20 MW, which have standardized contracts. The utility says it has no need for more renewable supplies until 2017. The CPUC, however, prohibited the utility from signing large bilateral agreements outside the 2012 RPS solicitation process. Peevey and CPUC member Tim Simon took issue with the temporary bilateral contract ban on Edison, calling it \u201cregulatory overreach.\u201d The 2012 renewable solicitation decision also reworks the \u201cleast cost-best fit\u201d criteria, which aim to control costs for ratepayers. The decision puts off how to value renewable integration. commission member Mark Ferron said it \u201cwas a work in progress,\u201d It currently gives it no dollar value. That includes not giving any preference for grid operator-interconnected projects or to projects otherwise interconnected.