Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) Certification

Under California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) statutes, all sellers of electricity in California, including publicly owned utilities (POUs), investor-owned utilities (IOUs), electricity service providers (ESPs), and community choice aggregators (CCAs), are required to procure a portion of their electricity retail sales from eligible renewable resources to meet the following goals:

Procurement from a renewable facility cannot be counted towards a utility's RPS obligation unless that facility has been certified as RPS-eligible by the California Energy Commission. Facility owners interested in entering into an RPS contract with a utility should certify the facility with the Energy Commission.

Renewable facilities that are under development and not yet commercially operational using a renewable fuel may seek "precertification," with the understanding that the Energy Commission will verify the information submitted in the pre-certification application once the facility has been completed and evaluate this information under the Renewables Portfolio Standard RPS Eligibility Guidebook that is in place when the facility applies for RPS certification.

All certified and precertified facilities are subject to audit as described in the Renewables Portfolio Standard RPS Eligibility Guidebook. The Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) has been developed to satisfy current RPS tracking requirements. All RPS-certified facilities must register with and be approved in WREGIS. (See the Renewables Portfolio Standard RPS Eligibility Guidebook for more information).

Application forms for Certification or Precertification

All completed application forms must be submitted unsigned in Excel format by email to RPSTrack@energy.ca.gov, using the appropriate file name for the attachment and in the email subject line as indicated on the form. All forms, including the original signed attestations, as required, must be mailed to:

California Energy Commission
Attn: RPS Certification
1516 9th Street, MS-45
Sacramento, CA 95814

Energy Commission staff will not begin processing any application for certification or precertification until both an unsigned electronic copy of the application in Excel® format and an original signed application have been received. The applicant should ensure that both the electronic file and the signed original are sent to the Energy Commission within a reasonable timeframe of each other.

Form Description Posted/Revision Date File Type
and Size
CEC-RPS-1* Application for Certification or Precertification, including supplemental forms S1-Biopower, S2-Hydroelectric, and S3-Facilities with a first point of interconnection to a non-Californian balancing authority outside California and facilities located outside the United States 6/13/2013 631 kb
CEC-RPS-1.S4 Supplemental information and attestation for biomethane production facilities 5/17/2013 45 kb
CEC-RPS-1.S5 Supplemental information and attestation for common carrier pipeline biomethane delivery entities 5/17/2013 41 kb
CEC-RPS-3 Application for Certification or Precertification for Aggregated Units 5/17/2013 135 kb

* This form is known to be incompatible with certain early versions of Excel®. A reduced functionality version of this form is available upon request for those without the ability to complete version of the form provided. Send your request to RPSTrack@energy.ca.gov, include an explanation of the circumstances and the name of the facility, or facilities, for which you are applying. If the request is approved the reduced functionality version of the form will be made available for only the specific facility, or facilities, identified in your request.

The following table shows facilities that have applied to the Energy Commission for RPS certification or precertification as eligible for the RPS, including the status of the most recently submitted applications for RPS certification or precertification. As RPS certification or precertification applications are received and processed, this list will be updated. The list will also be modified as needed to reflect any changes in certification information or status of facilities. The list is originally sorted by RPS ID number, but the spreadsheet version can be downloaded and sorted as desired.

Questions about facilities listed in the table should be directed to Christina Crume Christina.Crume@energy.ca.gov. Please note that this list is not updated in real time and actual certification status may differ.

Please refer to the Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility Guidebook, for information on how to become certified as an RPS-eligible facility.


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