For Immediate Release: June 12, 2013
Media Contact: Amy Morgan - 916-654-4989
Energy Commission Implements
Renewable Program for Public Utilities
SACRAMENTO - The Energy Commission's Tracking Progress report for Renewable Energy, which is referenced below to highlight the progress of the Publicly Owned Utilities (POUs), is under development and is currently being revised.
SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today approved new rules for publicly owned utilities (POUs) ensuring California's success to achieve the 33 percent renewable energy target by 2020.
"The publicly owned utilities are an important partner to meet the statewide Renewables Portfolio Standard," said Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller. "I look forward to working with the utilities to secure California's victory of 33 percent renewable energy by 2020 that is critical to reduce our emissions and secures environmental benefits. California's RPS is a dynamic model that is making significant strides in developing clean renewable energy that is a role model for the nation."
Building on California's most ambitious renewable energy policy in the nation, the new regulations establish the rules and procedures that the Energy Commission will use to assess the actions of the state's 45 POUs and determine whether those actions meet the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) procurement requirements. The proposed regulations require the POUs to submit plans, reports, and other information to the Energy Commission so the Energy Commission can verify and determine compliance with the RPS.
Legislation enacted in 2011 (Senate Bill X1-2) also established three renewable energy compliance periods that requires the utilities to meet an average of 20 percent of retail sales from eligible renewable resources from January 1, 2011 through December 2013, 25 percent by December 31, 2016, 33 percent by December 31, 2020, and no less than 33 percent in all subsequent years.
The Energy Commission recently launched a tool that tracks the progress towards achieving the RPS and highlights the POU renewable procurement forecasts from 2011 through 2020. The data is self-reported to the Energy Commission by the POUs and will be verified after the conclusion of each compliance period. The largest POUs in California that have forecasted meeting the first compliance target of 20 percent for 2011-2013 includes: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Imperial Irrigation District, Silicon Valley Power, Modesto Irrigation District, City of Anaheim, Riverside Public Utilities, Turlock Irrigation District, and the City of Roseville Electric Utility. The tracking progress for renewable energy can be viewed at: www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/tracking_progress/documents/renewable.pdf
The Energy Commission began a process for public and stakeholder feedback in 2011 as it developed the POU enforcement procedures. The Commission considered comments from the POUs, Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs), renewable energy and environmental organizations, and consumer advocates. Collaboration with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) also ensured alignment of the POU regulations with the requirements established by the CPUC for the IOUs and other retail sellers of electricity. The IOU RPS progress is available on the CPUC website at: www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/Renewables/documents
The Energy Commission anticipates the enforcement procedures to go into effect for the POUs by October 2013. The POUs' first annual report, which will cover the years 2011 and 2012, will be submitted 30 calendar days after the regulations take effect or by September 1, 2013, whichever is later. The POUs' first compliance report will be submitted to the Energy Commission by July 1, 2014, and will outline the utilities' progress from 2011-2013.
For more information about the Enforcement Procedures for the RPS and the POUs visit: www.energy.ca.gov/portfolio/pou_rulemaking/
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