CEC Considers Draft RPS Regulations

By Published On: March 2, 2012

Publicly-owned utilities trying to meet the state’s renewables portfolio standard would have to submit procurement plans and proof of compliance to the state periodically under a draft set of rules being considered by the California Energy Commission. SBX1 2, which requires one-third of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by the end of 2020, was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in April 2011. Included in the law is an addition to the state public utility code directing the Energy Commission to adopt regulations specifying procedures for the enforcement of the Renewables Portfolio Standard on local publicly owned electric utilities. “Some will think we’ve gone too far past our legislative authority and some will think we haven’t gone far enough,” commissioner Carla Peterman said March 1. Among the provisions in the draft rulemaking is that each publicly owned utility must submit to the commission by Jan. 1, 2013, the following: -A renewable energy resources procurement plan that includes the utility’s projected retail sales for the forthcoming calendar year and current compliance period in MWh. -The projected level of RPS procurement for the forthcoming calendar year and procurement target for the current compliance period in MWh. -A description of the type and quantity of electricity products the utility intends to procure in the calendar year and compliance period to meet its renewables requirements.

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