Renewables Portfolio Standard

This page last reviewed November 8, 2017

Background:

Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) Enforcement Program


In 2002, a State law established the basic policy framework for the increased use of renewable energy resources in California, known as the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS). Specific requirements were established for investor owned utilities, including a 20 percent target and provisions for the types of renewable resources that could be used to meet the target. The major eligible renewable energy resources, as defined by the California Energy Commission, include biomass, geothermal, solar, wind, and small hydroelectric facilities. Under the law, publicly-owned utilities (POUs) were directed to pursue voluntary actions to increase the use of renewable energy in their portfolios, but were allowed the flexibility to define their targets and the types of resources that could meet those targets. The Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission work collaboratively to implement the RPS.

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In 2006, new State policy heightened the need to increase the use of renewable energy as part of the State’s greenhouse gas reduction efforts. In April 2011, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill X1-2 that revised the RPS target to be 33 percent renewables by 2020. The new RPS standards apply to all electricity retailers in the state, including POUs, investor-owned utilities, electricity service providers, and community choice aggregators. Lastly, in October 2015, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 350, which expands and increases the target of the RPS program to 50 percent by the end of 2030. Senate Bills X1 2 and 350 included new enforcement provisions and direct the Air Resources Board to collect financial penalties for any Notice of Violation issued by the California Energy Commission to a POU for its failure to comply with requirements of the State’s RPS Program.

Workshops and Meetings:


Date and Time Title Location Materials

May 5, 2016

Public Workshop to Discuss Proposed Renewables Portfolio Standard Enforcement Regulation

Cal/EPA HQ Building
Sierra Hearing Room
1001 I Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Notice

Presentation Slides

Draft Regulation


February 4, 2016

Public Workshop to Discuss Proposed Renewables Portfolio Standard Enforcement Regulation

Cal/EPA HQ Building
Coastal Hearing Room
1001 I Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Notice

Presentation Slides

Draft Regulation


For current information on the State’s RPS program, see:


California Energy Commission – RPS

California Public Utilities Commission – RPS



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