The Warren-Alquist Act requires the California Energy Commission to collect application for certification (AFC) and compliance monitoring fees and reimbursements, and fees for processing amendments to Energy Commission decisions.

Fiscal Year: July 1, 2018

Applicable Price Deflator:  2.71%

Application Fee :  $284,278

Application per MW Charge:  $568

Amendment Deposit Fee:  $5,000

Total Application or Amendment Fee Not to Exceed:  $852,838

Compliance Fee:  $28,428

Fiscal Year: July 1, 2019

Applicable Price Deflator:  3.54%

Application Fee:  $294,341

Application per MW Charge:  $588

Amendment Deposit Fee:  $5,000

Total Application or Amendment Fee Not to Exceed:  $883,029

Compliance Fee:  $28,434

Application for Certification Fees

For facilities certified after January 1, 2004, the first annual fee is due when the Energy Commission adopts the final decision. Subsequent payments are due by July 1 of each year. (The fiscal year for the annual fee is July 1 to June 30.)

Fees are adjusted annually to reflect the percentage change in the Implicit Price Deflator for State and Local Government Purchases of Goods and Services, which the United States Department of Commerce publishes.

Amendment Fees 

Each amendment to an Energy Commission decision requires payment of a $5,000 amendment application fee and reimbursement of the Energy Commission’s actual expenses, not to exceed the AFC cap.

Small Power Plant Exemption Fees

Developers requesting a small power plant exemption (SPPE) application must reimburse the actual cost of the Energy Commission's environmental review. An SPPE is equivalent to a California Environmental Quality Act negative declaration or mitigated negative declaration.

A deposit is required at the time of filing. If costs exceed the deposit, the developer will be billed for the difference. A refund will be provided if the costs are less than the deposit. There is no annual compliance fee since the Energy Commission is not licensing the project.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fees

Effective January 1, 2019

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) requires a $1,112 fee for all AFC-related projects that receive Energy Commission certification before the Commission’s decision can be filed. A fee of $2354.75 is required for SPPEs. 

The Energy Commission collects the fees after the Commission's decision. Fees are payable to the CDFW.
More information on the CDFW’s fees.