Energy Commission License and Compliance Fees
Related to Generation Facilities

Fiscal Year Applicable
Price Deflator
Application Fee Application per
MW Charge
Deposit Fee
Total Application or
Amendment Fee
Not to Exceed
July 1, 2018 2.71% $284,278 $568 $5,000 $852,838 $28,428
July 1, 2019 3.54% $294,341 $588 $5,000 $883,029 $29,434

Application for Certification

Section 25806 of the Warren Alquist Act requires the Energy Commission to collect application for certification and compliance monitoring fees and reimbursement to process amendments to Energy Commission Decisions.

Initially, a person who submitted to the commission an application for certification for a proposed generating facility had to submit with the application a fee of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) plus five hundred dollars ($500) per megawatt of gross generating capacity of the proposed facility. The total fee accompanying an application did not exceed seven hundred fifty thousand dollars ($750,000).

The owner who received certification of a proposed generating facility was required to pay an annual fee of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000). For a facility certified on or after January 1, 2004, the first payment of the annual fee is due on the date the commission adopts the final decision. All subsequent payments are due by July 1 of each year in which the facility retains its certification. The fiscal year for the annual fee is July 1 to June 30, inclusive.

The fees are adjusted annually to reflect the percentage change in the Implicit Price Deflator for State and Local Government Purchases of Goods and Services, as published by the United States Department of Commerce.

Section 25806, as amended in 2015, requires, for each amendment to an Energy Commission Decision, the 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 Exemptions

A Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) application requires full reimbursement of the actual cost of the Energy Commission's environmental review with a deposit required at the time of filing. The account will be settled after the final decision is made by the Energy Commission. The project developer will be billed for the costs that exceed the deposit, or a refund will be provided if the costs are less than the deposit. Section 2308, Title 20, of the California Code of Regulations addresses the SPPE fee. There is no annual compliance fee for an SPPE because the Energy Commission is not licensing the project.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fee

Effective January 1, 2019

Section 711.4 of the Fish and Game Code requires a current fee of $1,112 for all Application for Certification projects receiving Energy Commission certification before the Commission Decision can be filed. An SPPE is equivalent to a California Environmental Quality Act Negative Declaration or Mitigated Negative Declaration, for which the Department of Fish and Wildlife receives a fee of $2354.75 per Section 711.4. The Energy Commission staff collects the fees, which are payable to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, immediately following the Commission's decision. Additional information for Department of Fish and Wildlife environmental review fees can be found at: