Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS)
The Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) was
established in 2002 under Senate
Bill 1078 and accelerated in 2006 under Senate
Bill 107. In 2011, it was accelerated again under Senate
Bill 2 (1x), requiring investor-owned utilities (IOUs), electric service
providers (ESPs), and community choice aggregators (CCAs) to increase their
purchase of eligible renewable energy resources to 33% by 2020.
Bill 327 provided the CPUC with the authority to establish a higher
procurement target beyond the existing 33% target.
September 2015, Senate
Bill 350 was signed into law, increasing RPS to 50% by 2030. The CPUC
is addressing the new RPS target in its RPS Rulemaking proceeding. SB 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, increases the RPS target from 33% to 50% by 2030, with interim targets of 40% by the end of 2024, and 45% by the end of 2027.
Current Policy Planning and Programs
The CPUC’s umbrella proceeding to implement the RPS programs, as well as make refinements to the program related to SB 350.
CPUC proceeding implementing RPS Procurement Plans to meet the state's
goals and describing utility actions to meet their RPS procurement
The utilities submitted their draft 2015 RPS procurement plans in August 2015, which the CPUC approved in December 2015.
Policies Informing RPS Planning
The RPS calculator utilizes data to consider
numerous factors and criteria to select RPS‐eligible projects.
Sets confidentiality rules related to RPS.
The CPUC adopted Rules by which to enforce the
RPS program, implementing Assembly Bill 2187.
Procurement Expenditure Limitation
Implements rules to limit expenditures for
Renewables Portfolio Standard procurement.
Renewables Portfolio Standard Webpage
ORA's Presentation, Containing
the Cost of California's RPS
ORA's Presentation, Implementing
the Renewables Portfolio Standard in California
ORA’s Publication, The
Renewable Jungle: A Guide to California’s Renewable Policies and
Programs, January 2012
ORA's Report: "Green
Rush: Investor-Owned Utilities’ Compliance With the Renewables Portfolio
See ORA's Presentation, The
Green Rush: Implementing Renewables in California