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.

Assembly Bill 327 provided the CPUC with the authority to establish a higher procurement target beyond the existing 33% target.

In 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

Rulemaking - Refinements to the RPS Program

The CPUC’s umbrella proceeding to implement the RPS programs, as well as make refinements to the program related to SB 350.  

 

Procurement Plans

The CPUC proceeding implementing RPS Procurement Plans to meet the state's goals and describing utility actions to meet their RPS procurement requirements.

2015 Utility RPS Plans

The utilities submitted their draft 2015 RPS procurement plans in August 2015, which the CPUC approved in December 2015.

 

 

Policies Informing RPS Planning

Calculator

The RPS calculator utilizes data to consider numerous factors and criteria to select RPS‐eligible projects.

 

Confidentiality Rules

Sets confidentiality rules related to RPS.

 

Enforcement Rules

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.  


 

 

Resources

RPS Proceeding Docket   

CPUC's 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 Standard"

See ORA's Presentation, The Green Rush: Implementing Renewables in California