A California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge this week said the first solicitation for the renewables portfolio standard (RPS) could be stalled, which could crimp commission president Michael Peevey?s stated plans to have the first solicitation this summer. The possible delay is due to extra time requested by some to weigh in on work-in-progress ground rules needed to get bids out the door. Senator Byron Sher (D-Stanford), author of RPS legislation, last month sent a letter to CPUC president Michael Peevey asking the commission to complete the implementation process for renewables bids. The CPUC adopted a decision to implement the RPS law in June 2003, which requires utilities to ramp up to 20 percent renewables by 2017. In February, Peevey told state legislators that the first solicitation would be by San Diego Gas & Electric this June. Peevey?s promise came after SDG&E and the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies met with the CPUC to urge a summer solicitation. At the same time, many in the renewables community have noted RPS regulations still need to be nailed down. In response to requests, administrative law judge Peter Allen on April 1 said he pushed back the deadline for proposals on terms for standard contracts, one of the RPS solicitation ground rules. The ?requesting parties are assumed to be aware that this may delay the commission?s adoption of standard contract terms and conditions and may accordingly delay the first solicitation under the RPS program,? said Allen. The ALJ did not specify how long the solicitation could be postponed. A summer solicitation does not have universal support. The California Wind Energy Association (CalWEA) sent a letter to Sher saying his prodding, while constructive, may spur the CPUC to ?rush the process to a June 2004 RFP.? CalWEA is concerned that ?significant tasks remain? and doubts they can be completed in that short a time. CalWEA has pressed the CPUC to analyze benefits to the transmission system of renewables projects, to offset costs of transmission upgrades to renewables developers. Coming up with these calculations would allow an August or September RFP, said CalWEA.