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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 Staff Workshop
1038], [SB 1078]) )  
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Notice of Availability
Needs Assessment of the Western Renewable Energy
Generation Information System Final Report
Publication No. 500-03-098F.

This is a notice of availability of the Needs Assessment of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System final 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 and reflects comments received from stakeholders.


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 renewable tracking system covering the western interconnect. 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 were held in October and November. The workshops were held in various western states, and each workshop was separately noticed by the state hosting the workshop. Parties and members of the public were encouraged to comment on the draft Report and to bring their comments on the draft Report to the workshop they attend for discussion with other attendees. These comments are reflected in the final Report.

The Report is available from the Energy Commission's 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 500-03-098F
Publications Office, MS-13
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5504

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: December 30, 2003