California Energy Commission Letterhead

In the Matter of:
Implementation of Renewable
Investment Plan Legislation

Docket No. 02-REN-1038

RE: Revision of Emerging Renewables Program


to the Emerging Renewables Program Guidebook

The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) will hold a Business Meeting on:

10 a.m.
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California

(Wheelchair Accessible)

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
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As part of the February 11, 2009, business meeting, the Energy Commission will consider adopting revisions to the Emerging Renewables Program Guidebook, Eighth Edition. The Emerging Renewables Program (ERP) Guidebook describes the requirements for receiving incentives to install eligible fuel cell systems and small wind generating systems that receive electricity from specified investor-owned utilities.

At the direction of the Energy Commission's Renewables Committee, proposed changes have been made to the Guidebook to clarify the eligibility of fuel cell systems. The proposed changes address the following:

  • The definition of "renewable fuel" is clarified to include hydrogen produced from an "eligible renewable energy resource" as defined in Public Utilities Code section 399.12 (c).
  • Pursuant to Public Resource Code section 25744 (b)(3), fuel cell systems used for purposes of backup generation may be eligible for incentives in either grid-connected or stand-alone applications.
  • Pursuant to Public Resource Code section 25744 (b)(3), eligible fuel cell technologies must have an emission profile equivalent or better than the State Air Resources Board 2007 standard.
  • Applicants applying for rebates for fuel cell systems will be required to provide an attestation that the system will be fueled only with a "renewable fuel". Applicants will also be required to provide an attestation from their renewable fuel supplier attesting to the type and eligibility of the renewable fuel and the quantity supplied.

The Energy Commission's Renewables Committee is publishing the proposed Guidebook revisions (Publication No. CEC-300-2009-002-D) for public review. It is available online at [].

Printed copies of the proposed Guidebook may be obtained by contacting Gina Fontanilla by phone at (916) 654-4524 or by e-mail at [].

Written Comments

Please send or deliver written materials to:

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

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

All written materials relating to this proceeding will be filed with the Dockets Unit and become part of the public record. The Renewables Committee strongly encourages parties to file written comments by 5 p.m. on February 6, 2009.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. For 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 [Public]. 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 Media and Public Communications Office at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at []. For technical questions on the subject matter, please contact James Lee, Renewable Energy Program at (916) 653-1195 or by e-mail at [].

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Commissioner and Presiding Member
Renewables Committee