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Implementation of Renewables )      Docket No. 02-REN-1038
Investment Plan Legislation* )      Renewable Energy Program
and )       
Implementation of Renewables )      Docket No. 03-RPS-1078
Portfolio Standard Legislation** )      RPS Proceeding
   )        
   )      NOTICE OF COMMITTEE WORKSHOP
   )      RE: Guideline Revisions for Renewable
_________________________________________ )      Energy Program and RPS Implementation


NOTICE OF COMMITTEE WORKSHOP ON GUIDELINE REVISIONS
FOR THE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM AND RPS IMPLEMENTATION



The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) developed guidelines to implement and administer its Renewable Energy Program and its responsibilities under California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) pursuant to Senate Bill 1038[1] and Senate Bill 1078[3]. These guidelines are set forth in several Guidebooks and are being revised to address changes in law as well as regulatory and market developments. The Energy Commission's Renewables Committee (Commissioner John L. Geesman, Presiding member and Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Associate member) is holding a workshop to discuss proposed revisions to the following Guidebooks:

  • Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility Guidebook
  • New Renewable Facilities Program Guidebook
  • Overall Program Guidebook
  • Consumer Education Program Guidebook
  • Existing Renewable Facilities Program Guidebook

Note: Copies of the draft guidebooks are available at: www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/02-REN-1038/documents/.


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2007
Beginning at 9:00 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
First Floor, Hearing Room A
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

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


PHONE-IN AUDIO PARTICIPANT INFORMATION
LEADER: MS HEATHER RAITT
USA Toll Free Number: 888-644-9029
PASSCODE: WORKSHOP


The morning session (9:00 a.m. to noon) will cover:

  • Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility Guidebook
  • New Renewable Facilities Program Guidebook

The afternoon session (1:30 p.m. to close) will cover:

  • Overall Program Guidebook
  • Consumer Education Program Guidebook
  • Existing Renewable Facilities Program Guidebook

Staff will provide a summary of the proposed changes in each Guidebook, after which the Renewables Committee will invite public comments on the staff draft Guidebooks.


Background

The Energy Commission's Renewable Energy Program provides funding to support existing, new, and emerging renewable energy resources with the goal of establishing a competitive, self-sustaining renewable energy supply for California while increasing the near-term quantity of renewable energy generated in-state. Funding is provided through program elements of the Renewable Energy Program, including the Existing Renewable Facilities Program, New Renewable Facilities Program, Emerging Renewables Program, and Consumer Education Program. The Energy Commission has provided this renewable funding since 2003 pursuant to SB 1038. This law, in conjunction with the Reliable Electric Service Investments Act[3], continues the collection of a non-bypassable system benefit charge initiated in 1998 under Assembly Bill (AB) 1890[4], and authorizes the Energy Commission to continue the expenditure of these funds to support existing, new, and emerging renewable resources.

In addition, the Energy Commission is charged with implementing California's RPS. The RPS was initiated under SB 1078 and required retail sellers of electricity to increase the amount of renewable energy they procure each year by at least 1 percent until 20 percent of their retail sales are served with renewable electricity by December 31, 2017. Recent legislation (Senate Bill 107[5]) accelerated this RPS goal to 2010. The Energy Commission is charged with certifying eligible renewable energy resources that satisfy RPS procurement requirements, developing an accounting system to verify retail sellers' compliance with the RPS, and awarding supplemental energy payments (SEPs) to cover the above market cost to procure new and repowered eligible renewable energy resources. Renewable energy resources eligible to satisfy RPS procurement requirements may also qualify for funding under other elements of the Renewable Energy Program.

Legislation passed in 2006 (Senate Bill 107, Senate Bill 1250[6] and Assembly Bill 2189[7]) necessitated modifications to the Renewable Energy Program's funding eligibility and requirements. The proposed revisions to the Guidebooks reflect the changes in law and other regulatory and market developments. Below is a short description of each Guidebook that will be discussed at the workshop:

  • The Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility Guidebook describes the criteria and process for renewable facilities to become certified as RPS and RPS-SEP eligible and describes the Energy Commission's RPS tracking system.

  • The New Renewable Facilities Program Guidebook describes the program requirements to apply for and receive SEPs.

  • The Existing Renewable Facilities Program Guidebook describes the eligibility requirements and process to receive production incentive payments for eligible existing renewable resources that are not eligible for SEPs but may be eligible for the RPS.

  • The Overall Program Guidebook describes how the Renewable Energy Program will be administered and includes general information and requirements that apply overall to the Renewable Energy Program and the program elements.

  • The Consumer Education Program Guidebook describes the requirements for receiving funding under the Consumer Education Program element to promote renewable energy and help build a consumer market for renewable energy and emerging renewable technologies.


Guidelines for the remaining two elements of the Renewable Energy Program, the Emerging Renewables Program Guidebook and New Solar Homes Partnership Guidebooks, will not be topics in this workshop.

Attachment A (Acrobat PDF file, 6 pages, 144 kb) provides a summary of the proposed Guidebooks revisions and a list of questions to which the public is invited to respond. Draft Guidebooks are available on the Commission's Web site at www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/documents/index.html.


Public Comments

Interested members of the public are encouraged to review and comment on the staff draft Guidebooks. Members of the public may submit written or verbal comments at the workshop on January 10, 2007. Written comments submitted after the workshop must be submitted by January 15, 2007.

Those submitting written comments should provide an original and 11 copies to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit. Those interested in filing comments by e-mail immediately may send electronic documents to [docket@energy.state.ca.us] but will need to follow up with an original copy by mail or delivery to the Docket Unit. If you are providing written comments at the workshop, please make an additional 30 copies available at the beginning of the workshops. Written materials filed with the Docket Unit or provided at the workshop become part of the public record. Please send or deliver written materials to:

California Energy Commission
Re: Docket No. 02-REN-1038
and Docket No. 03-RPS-1078
Docket Unit, MS-4
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5504


Assistance

The Commission's Public Adviser, Margret Kim, provides assistance regarding participation in Commission activities. Members of the public who would like information on how to participate in the workshops may contact the Public Adviser's Office by phone at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, FAX at (916) 654-4493, or e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us].

If you have a disability and need assistance to participate in the workshops, please contact Lourdes Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days before the workshops.

Members of the public who have technical questions regarding this notice may contact Heather Raitt, Technical Director of the Renewable Energy Office, by phone at (916) 654-4735 or by e-mail at [hraitt@energy.state.ca.us]. News media should direct inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director, at (916) 654-4989.

Dated: December 21, 2006

STATE OF CALIFORNIA
ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION



commissioner signature
commissioner signature
JOHN L. GEESMAN
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Renewables Committee
JACKALYNE PFANNENSTIEL
Chairman and Associate Member
Renewables Committee


Date Posted: 12/22/2007

Mass Mail Lists: 5503, 5504, 5506, 5507
Date Mailed: December 21, 2006


Endnotes

    * Going forward, the title of this proceeding shall be known as "Implementation of Renewables Investment Plan Legislation" recognizing the fact that former Public Utilities Code Sections 381, 383.5 and 445 are no longer the applicable law and have been replaced with subsequent statutory authority.

    ** Going forward, the title of this proceeding shall be known as "Implementation of Renewables Portfolio Standard Legislation" recognizing the fact that former Public Utilities Code Sections 381, 383.5 and 445 are no longer the applicable law and have been replaced with subsequent statutory authority.

  1. SB 1038; Chapter 515, Statutes of 2002. The pertinent provisions of SB 1038 were formerly codified in Public Utilities Code Sections 383.5 and 445, but are now codified in Public Resources Code Sections 25740 through 25751 as a result of Senate Bill 183 (Chapter 666, Statutes of 2003).

  2. SB 1078; Chapter 516, Statutes of 2002. The pertinent provisions of SB 1078 are codified in Public Utilities Code Section 399.11 through 399.15. This law was subsequently amended to add Sections 399.16 and 399.17 pursuant to Senate Bill 67 (Chapter 731, Statutes of 2003) and Assembly Bill 200 (Chapter 5, Statutes of 2005), respectively.

  3. Public Utilities Code Section 399, et seq., as enacted by Assembly Bill 995 (Chapter 1051, Statutes of 2000) and Senate Bill 1194 (Chapter 1050, Statutes of 2000).

  4. AB 1890; Chapter 854, Statutes of 1996.

  5. SB 107; Chapter 464, Statutes of 2006. SB 107 amends pertinent provisions in Public Resources Code Sections 25740 through 25751 and Public Utilities Code Sections 399.11 through 399.16.

  6. SB 1250; Chapter 512, Statutes of 2006. SB 1250 amends pertinent provisions in Public Resources Code Sections 25740 through 25751.

  7. AB 2189; Chapter 747, Statutes of 2006. AB 2189 adds Section 399.12.5 to the Public Utilities Code.

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