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Implementation of Renewables
Portfolio Standard Legislation
(Public Utilities Code Sections 381,
383.5, 399.11 through 399.15, and 445;
[SB 1038], [SB 1078])

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Implementation of Renewables
Investment Plan Legislation
(Public Utilities Code Sections 381,
383.5, and and 445; [SB 1038])
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Docket No. 03-RPS-1078
RPS Proceeding






Docket No. 02-REN-1038
Renewable Energy Program

Notice of Committee Workshop
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Notice of Committee Workshop on
Proposed Changes to the
Renewables Portfolio Standard Guidelines


The California Energy Commission's Renewables Committee (Committee) will conduct a workshop to solicit public comments on its proposed changes to the Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility Guidebook, the New Renewable Facilities Program Guidebook, and the Overall Program Guidebook for the Renewable Energy Program. Commissioner John L. Geesman is the Presiding Member, and Vice Chair Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the Associate Member of the Renewables Committee. The meeting will be held:

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2006
1:00 p.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, 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/webcast/

To participate in the meeting by phone, please call: 888-603-6971
Passcode: 65269, Call Leader: Heather Raitt


Purpose

The purpose of the workshop is to solicit comments from interested parties on the proposed changes to the Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility Guidebook (RPS Guidebook), New Renewable Facilities Program Guidebook (NRFP Guidebook), and the Overall Program Guidebook for the Renewable Energy Program.

The RPS Guidebook describes the eligibility requirements and process for certifying renewable resources as eligible for California's RPS and Supplemental Energy Payments (SEPs) and describes how the Energy Commission will design and implement an accounting system to verify compliance with the RPS. Proposed changes to the RPS Guidebook include modifications and updates to address: the tracking system, incremental geothermal certification, Assembly Bill 200 (Leslie, Chapter 50, Statutes of 2005), delivery requirements, RPS decisions issued by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), accounting for baseline and incremental procurement, and eligibility for biomass and mothballed facilities.

The NRFP Guidebook describes how the Energy Commission will allocate and award SEPs to cover the above-market costs of renewable energy. Proposed changes to the NRFP Guidebook include revisions to address the SEP process, data reporting requirements, and prevailing wage.

The Overall Program Guidebook describes specific aspects of how the Energy Commission's Renewable Energy Program is administered. Proposed changes to the Overall Guidebook revise and update various definitions, including the definitions for "awardee," "biomass," "commercial operation," "funding award," "retail seller," "investor-owned utility," "electric service providers," and "community choice aggregator."

A summary of the proposed changes to these Guidebooks (Attachment A to this notice) and the DRAFT Guidebooks are available on the Energy Commission's Web site at:

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


Process

In November 2005, the Energy Commission staff proposed changes to the RPS Guidebook (August 2004), the NRFP Guidebook (May 2004), and the Overall Program Guidebook (May 2004) to reflect statutory, market, and regulatory developments and to respond to lessons learned through implementing the program. The Energy Commission solicited comments on the November 2005 draft Guidebooks and held a Renewables Committee workshop on December 7, 2005, to receive verbal comments. After careful consideration of written and verbal comments and additional technical and policy analysis, the Renewables Committee is proposing revisions to the November 2005 draft Guidebooks. The Renewables Committee welcomes comments on these April 2005 draft Guidebooks and encourages parties to submit written comments and to participate in the April 17 workshop.

These draft April 2006 Guidebooks reflect two sets of changes: 1) changes to the draft Guidebooks that were published in November 2005 (changes to the August 2004 RPS Eligibility Guidebook, the May 2004 NRFP Guidebook and the May 2004 Overall Program Guidebook), and 2) changes to the November 2005 draft Guidebooks. Guidebooks showing proposed changes in underline and strikeout are available upon request. Hard copies of the Guidebooks may be obtained by contacting Janet Preis at (916) 654-4524, jpreis@energy.state.ca.us.

The Committee intends to fully consider all public comments on these draft Guidebooks, make any needed revisions, and then propose that the Energy Commission adopt these Guidebooks with any revisions that the Committee may find necessary. Public Resources Code Section 25747 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.


Written Comments

Written comments on the workshop topics must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on April 17, 2005. Please include the docket numbers No. 03-RPS-1078 and No. 02-RPS-1038 and indicate RPS Proceeding in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. Please hand deliver or mail an original plus 20 paper copies to:

California Energy Commission
Dockets Office, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 03-RPS-1078 and 02-RPS-1038
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Please include your name or organization in the name of the file. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document (PDF) to [docket@energy.state.ca.us]. One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit.

Participants may also provide an original and 30 copies at the beginning of the workshop. All written materials relating to this workshop will be filed with the Dockets Unit and become part of the public record in this proceeding.


Background

The Energy Commission established the RPS proceeding in March 2003 in response to Senate Bill 1078 (Sher), Chapter 516, Statutes of 2002 and Senate Bill 1038 (Sher), Chapter 515, Statutes of 2002. SB 1078 establishes specific roles for the Energy Commission and the CPUC in implementing the RPS. As part of the collaborative process between the two agencies, the Energy Commission is charged with certifying renewable generating facilities as eligible for California's RPS, designing and implementing a tracking system to verify compliance with the RPS program, and to distribute Supplemental Energy Payments for the above-market costs of renewable energy procured through competitive RPS solicitations.

The RPS, NRFP and Overall Program Guidebooks were developed in part as elements of the RPS collaborative process between the Energy Commission and the CPUC. The Guidebooks are revised as needed to reflect statutory, market, and regulatory developments and to respond to lessons learned as the RPS is implemented, as authorized by Public Resources Code Section 25747, Subdivision (a).


Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office 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, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989. For technical questions regarding the subject matter of this workshop, please contact Heather Raitt by phone at (916) 654-4735, or by e-mail at [hraitt@energy.state.ca.us].




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JOHN L. GEESMAN
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Renewables Committee
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JACKALYNE PFANNENSTIEL
Vice Chair and Associate Member
Renewables Committee
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