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Implementation of Renewables ) Docket No. 03-RPS-1078
Portfolio Standard Legislation (Public ) RPS Proceeding
Utilities Code Sections 381, 383.5, )  
399.11 through 399.15, and 445; [SB ) Notice of Availability
1038], [SB 1078]) )  
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Notice of Availability
Needs Assessment of the Western Renewable
Energy Generation Information System
Draft Consultant's Report Publication No. 500-03-098D

This is a notice of availability of the Needs Assessment of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System draft consultant's report (Report). The Report was prepared by Energy Commission's technical support contractor, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), and represents the findings from a Needs Assessment Survey funded jointly by the Energy Commission and the Western Governor's Association (WGA). The Report includes recommendations regarding the design of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System.


The California Legislature has charged the Energy Commission with developing a tracking system for implementing California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. On October 8, 2003, the Energy Commission adopted the Renewable Portfolio Standard: Decision on Phase 2 Implementation Issues (publication number 500-03-049F), which recommends that the Energy Commission staff work with the WGA to develop a regional certificates-based renewable energy tracking system.

In June 2002, Western Governors adopted an amendment to the WGA resolution, Western States’ Energy Policy Roadmap, supporting the creation of an independent regional tracking system to provide the data needed to substantiate and support the verification and tracking of renewable energy generation. The resolution included a management directive charging WGA to bring Western stakeholders together to help define the institutional structure, design operating guidelines, and identify information needed to support tracking of and accounting for renewable energy generation and registering Renewable Energy Certificates in the Western Interconnection.

The Energy Commission and the WGA are working collaboratively to develop a western-wide renewable tracking system. Accordingly, the WGA, with assistance from the Energy Commission, surveyed regulators, utilities, market participants, Native American tribes, developers, and other stakeholders to solicit input on developing a western-wide tracking system. This "Needs Assessment Survey" was sent out on August 26, 2003, with comments requested by September 8, 2003. The Report analyzes the findings from this survey.


A series of six workshops to discuss the Report are tentatively scheduled for October and November. The workshops will be held in various western states, and each workshop will be separately noticed by the state hosting the workshop. Parties and members of the public are encouraged to comment on the draft Report and to bring their comments on the Report to the workshop they attend for discussion with other attendees.

The Report is available from the Energy Commission’s website at:


and the CRS website at:


Anyone may obtain a print copy by contacting the Energy Commission’s Publications Office at (916) 654-5200 or by submitting a written request to:

California Energy Commission
Re: Publication Number 500-03-098D
Publications Office, MS-13
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5504

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you would like information on how to provide comments on the Report, please contact the Public Adviser's Office by phone at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us].

Members of the public who have technical questions regarding this notice may contact Rasa Keanini by phone at (916) 654-5379 or by e-mail at [rkeanini@energy.state.ca.us].

News media should direct inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director, at (916) 654-4989 or by e-mail at [energia@energy.ca.gov].

Date: October 21, 2003