RPS Compliance Rules and Process

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) implements and administers RPS Compliance Rules for California's retail sellers of electricity, which include investor-owned utilities (IOUs), electric service providers (ESPs) and community choice aggregators (CCAs). The California Energy Commission (CEC) is responsible for the certification of electrical generation facilities as eligible renewable energy resources, and adopting regulations for the enforcement of RPS procurement requirements of Publicly Owned Utilities (POUs).

33% RPS Compliance Rules

In addition to extending California’s RPS program goal from 20% in 2010 to 33% in 2020 and each year thereafter, Senate Bill 2 (1X) (Simitian, 2011) made two significant changes to RPS procurement rules. Specifically, Senate Bill 2 (1X) mandated new RPS procurement requirements within multi-year compliance periods and established new portfolio content categories for RPS procurement and set minimum and maximum limits on certain procurement that can be used for compliance with the RPS program.

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33% RPS Compliance Process

Energy Division staff, in collaboration with RPS stakeholders, have developed a preliminary Annual 33% RPS Compliance Report spreadsheet for retail sellers to report their progress towards reaching RPS compliance targets as well as the portfolio balance requirements as implemented by compliance Decision (D.)12-06-038. Pursuant to D.12-06-038 all retail sellers are subject to the jurisdiction of the CPUC and must submit an Annual 33% RPS Compliance Report on August 1, every year.

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