STATE OF CALIFORNIA
ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION



  Implementation of Renewables Portfolio   )     Docket No. 03-RPS-1078
  Standard Legislation (Public Utilities   )     RPS Proceeding
  Code Sections 381, 383.5, 399.11 through )
  399.15, and 445; [SB 1038], [SB 1078])   )
  
                  And                      )
  
  Implementation of Renewables             )      Docket No. 02-REN-1038
  Investment Plan Legislation (Public      )      Renewable Energy Program
  Utilities Code Sections 381, 383.5,      )
  and 445; [SB 1038])                      )     Notice of Business Meeting
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NOTICE TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES
TO THE RENEWABLES PORTFOLIO STANDARD ELIGIBILITY GUIDEBOOK
AND THE NEW RENEWABLE FACILITIES GUIDEBOOK

The California Energy Commission will hold a regularly scheduled Business Meeting on:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2004
10 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
For details, please go to:
www.energy.ca.gov/realaudio/

As part of the May 19, 2004 Business Meeting, the Energy Commission will consider adopting revisions to the Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility Guidebook and the New Renewable Facilities Program Guidebook. These Guidebooks were adopted at the April 21, 2004 Business Meeting.

Based on oral and written comments received at the April 21, 2004 Business Meeting, the Energy Commission's Renewables Committee (Committee) is recommending revisions to these Guidebooks. The Committee recommends these proposed changes pursuant to Public Resources Code section 25747, which authorizes the Energy Commission to approve substantive changes to the Guidebooks upon providing 10 days public notice. Changes take effect once approved at a publicly-noticed meeting.

A copy of the proposed revisions shown relative to the adopted Guidebooks with new text shown in underline and deleted text shown in strikeout is available from the Energy Commission's website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/portfolio/documents/index.html

In summary, the Committee proposes the following changes to the Guidebooks:

Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility Guidebook:

Hybrid systems: Previously, the guidebook stated that going forward, only the renewable portion of generation from a facility using a mix of renewable and fossil fuels could qualify for the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS), and then only when an appropriate methodology for tracking such generation is developed. The Committee proposes a change to allow generation from facilities using up to 25% fossil fuel to qualify for the RPS if the facility is (1) QF certified pursuant to the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act, or (2) developed during a "grandfather" period identified in the Guidebook.

Utility certification of renewable facilities: Previously, utilities were required to secure the right for the Energy Commission to conduct on-site audits and facility inspections of facilities that the utility certified as eligible for the RPS. The Committee is proposing to require the utilities themselves to possess documents by which the Energy Commission can verify compliance with pre-certification and certification requirements. In addition, the Committee is proposing that utility-certified facilities who renegotiate their utility contracts must thereafter certify directly with the Energy Commission.

Pumped storage hydroelectric: The Committee is proposing to clarify that this technology is included in RPS eligibility not because of its storage capabilities, but rather because it is a small hydroelectric technology. Storage technologies may be a part of a certified renewable facility, but will not be separately certified as renewable. In addition, the Committee proposes to defer the development of certification criteria for facilities that operate using hydrogen as a fuel source.

Out-of-state facilities: Under the list of criteria that out-of-state facilities must meet to qualify for the RPS and supplemental energy payments, the Committee proposes deleting the following: "(g) meets any other conditions established by the Energy Commission in the future." Although Public Resources Code section 25743(b)(2)(E) allows the Energy Commission to impose additional conditions on out-of-state facilities, no additional conditions are recommended at this time. In addition, the Committee is proposing changes to clarify the deliverability requirements for verifying the in-state delivery of power generated by out-of-state facilities.

Generation Tracking System: The Committee is proposing to require facilities to annually submit verified meter reads of their generation, and to require facilities to submit annual evidence of compliance with North American Electricity Reliability Council (NERC) tag requirements.

New Renewable Facilities Program Guidebook:

The Committee is proposing changes to clarify what constitutes acceptable "third-party verification" of electricity generation for purposes of invoicing for Supplemental Energy Payments.

Written Comments

The Energy Commission encourages members of the public to submit written comments on the proposed revisions to the Guidebooks in advance of the Business Meeting. An original and 21 copies of any comments filed by mail or in person should be provided to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit. Parties may also file a single copy electronically with the Docket Unit and follow up with an original copy by mail. The Committee encourages comments to be submitted by e-mail so that comments may be posted on the RPS proceeding webpage. If you are providing written comments at the Business Meeting, please make an additional 50 copies available at the beginning of the meeting.

Please send or deliver written materials to:

California Energy Commission
Re: Docket No. 03-RPS-1078
Docket No. 02-REN-1038
Docket Unit, MS-4
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5504
E-Mail: docket@energy.state.ca.us

All written materials filed with the Docket Unit will become part of the public record in these proceedings. The Committee strongly encourages parties to file written comments by close of business May 17, 2004, but will accept written comments up to the day of the Business Meeting.

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 participate in this meeting, 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]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

If you have technical questions of the subject matter of this notice, please contact Tim Tutt, Technical Director of the Renewable Energy Program, by phone at (916) 654-4590, or by e-mail at ttutt@energy.state.ca.us. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989.

 

 

Date: May 7, 2004

STATE OF CALIFORNIA ENERGY
RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION


JOHN L. GEESMAN
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Renewables Committee


JAMES D. BOYD
Commissioner and Associate Member
Renewables Committee

 

 

Date Mailed: May 7, 2004
Mass Mail List: RPS.xls




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