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Notice of Availability of Report
Preliminary Stakeholder Evaluation of the
California Renewables Portfolio Standard

(Publication No. CEC-300-2005-011)
Docket No. 04-IEP-1E and 03-RPS-1078


This consultant report (Energy Commission Publication No. CEC-300-2005-011) provides a preliminary stakeholder assessment of early experience with California's Renewables Portfolio Standard, covering overall policy design, regulatory process, utility solicitations, and deliverability. The report compares California's Renewables Portfolio Standard to similar programs in other states and provides policy recommendations.

This report identifies lessons learned so far from the development and implementation of California's Renewable Portfolio Standard, information that will prove valuable in drafting regulatory and legislative decisions, as well as writing the 2005 Integrated Energy Policy Report.

The consultant report is structured as follows:

  • Chapter 1 provides background information regarding the structure and accomplishments of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard, established by Senate Bill 1078 (SB 1078, Chapter 516, Statues of 2002) effective January 1, 2003.

  • Chapter 2 describes with an overview of the regulatory processes used to implement California's Renewables Portfolio Standard and a brief comparison of California's implementation processes with those employed by other states with Renewables Portfolio Program requirements. The chapter summarizes stakeholder interview comments on the overall program design and the implementation process of California's Renewables Portfolio Standard.

  • Chapter 3 provides an overview of the three most recent investor-owned utility renewable energy solicitations, discusses the results of those solicitations and the delays that have been experienced, reviews plans for solicitations in 2005, and summarizes stakeholder interview results on these solicitations.

  • Chapter 4 briefly describes the current procedures for ensuring "delivery" of renewable energy under California's Renewables Portfolio Standard, identifies alternative delivery standards applied in other states and that might be applied in California, and highlights stakeholder interview results on this topic.

  • Chapter 5 provides a summary of recommendations and conclusions.

  • Appendix A includes the interview protocol used to guide the stakeholder interviews.

The report was prepared by Kema, Inc. and their subcontractors Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC and Exeter Associates, as the result of work sponsored by the California Energy Commission. It does not necessarily represent the view of the California Energy Commission, its employees or the State of California. The California Energy Commission, the State of California, its employees, contractors and subcontractors make no warranty, express or implied, and assume no legal liability for the information in this report; nor does any party represent that the uses of this information will not infringe upon privately owned rights. This report has not been approved or disapproved by the California Energy Commission nor has the California Energy Commission passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of the information in this report.

This document is available from the California Energy Commission's website at:

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

For a copy of this publication, please contact the California Energy Commission Publications Unit at (916) 654-5200 or by submitting a written request to:

California Energy Commission
Re: Preliminary Stakeholder Evaluation of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard
Publication Number CEC-300-2005-011
Publications, MS-15
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5504

News media should direct inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989.

For technical questions regarding the subject matter of this consultant report, please contact Heather Raitt by phone at (916) 654-4735, or by e-mail at [hraitt@energy.state.ca.us].

Date Online: June 17, 2005

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