Established in 2002 under Senate Bill 1078, accelerated in 2006 under Senate Bill 107 and expanded in 2011 under Senate Bill 2, California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) is one of the most ambitious renewable energy standards in the country.
RPS (Renewables Portfolio Standard) Details
The RPS program requires investor-owned utilities, electric service providers, and community choice aggregators to increase procurement from eligible renewable
energy resources to 33% of total procurement by 2020.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission jointly implement the RPS program. The CPUC’s responsibilities include:
- Determining annual procurement targets and enforcing compliance.
- Reviewing and approving each IOU’s renewable energy procurement plan.
- Reviewing IOU contracts for RPS-eligible energy.
- Establishing the standard terms and conditions used by IOUs in their contracts for eligible renewable energy.
- Calculating market price referents (MPRs) for non-renewable energy that serve as benchmarks for the price of renewable energy.
Requirements over time are shown below:
For a more comprehensive look at the California Renewables Portfolio Standard program, please explore the rest of the website. A description of the Energy Commission’s roles can be found on the CEC’s RPS website. For information about the renewable energy tracking system, visit the WREGIS website.