The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) last week approved the renewable energy procurement plans of investor-owned utilities Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).
California's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requires IOUs, electric service providers and community choice aggregators to procure 33% of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2020. The IOUs must file final RPS procurement plans with the CPUC to initiate the RPS solicitation process within two weeks.
Notably, the decision allows SCE to forego holding a 2012 RPS solicitation and instead focus on procurement from small distributed-generation renewables, such as solar. The decision also includes modifications pertaining to standard variables for the least-cost, best-fit bid evaluation methodology; contract termination rights based on higher than expected transmission upgrade costs; and the use of energy-only and full deliverability time-of-delivery factors.
‘I am pleased this decision recognizes the value of diversity in utility energy procurement,’ says Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon. ‘California's RPS policies must be inclusive of California's dynamic and ever-evolving demographics to continue to lead our nation and the world in clean technology.’