After several postponements, the California Public Utilities Commission May 23 approved on a 4-0 vote a standard, transparent utility contract for small renewable deals. The so-called \u201cfeed-in tariff\u201d for developers of independent alternative projects up to 5 MW makes way for a \u201cmore uniform and fluid market and reduces the costs of small-scale renewable suppliers,\u201d said Commissioner Mark Ferron, who authored the decision. \u201cThe renewables community has waited far too long.\u201d Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric are to offer the same standardized contract, which is expected to expedite the deals and reduce the need for generators to hire contract lawyers. The new decision applies to renewable solicitations to be held every two months for up to 5 MW by PG&E and Edison and 3 MW for SDG&E. Contracts are to be for five, 10 or 20 years. The commissioners agreed the newly-adopted program balances the joint needs of small developers for streamlined agreements and utility cost controls. \tSome have complained that the feed-in-tariff program is too small. Ferron said staff would monitor the new program and its costs before considering an expansion. \tUnlike the competing proposal that did not garner any votes, Ferron\u2019s alternative gives the utilities latitude as to how to add back into their small renewable feed-in tariff programs megawatts from terminated deals. Edison has over-procured small renewable deals. Ferron said that matter is to be addressed elsewhere, not in the existing feed-in-tariff program. Feed-in tariff agreements aim to ease the contract opportunities for smaller alternative energy projects and help utilities meet their 33 percent renewables obligation.