Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Procurement Plan

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The California Renewable Portfolio Standard Program (“RPS” or “RPS Program”) was established by Senate Bill (“SB”) 1078, and has been subsequently modified by SB 107, SB 1036, SB   2-1X, and SB 350 set forth new RPS requirements applicable to publicly owned utilities (“POU”).  VMUS, as a POU, must comply with the RPS Program.  

The RPS Program requires California’s electric utilities and other retail sellers to procure eligible renewable energy resources (“ERRs”) so that the amount of electricity generated from eligible renewable resources equals or exceeds a specified percentage of the total electricity sold to retail customers in California.

 

Eligible Renewable Energy Resources

Biodiesel

Fuel cells using renewable fuels

Ocean wave, ocean thermal, and tidal current

Biogas

Geothermal

Photovoltaic

Biomass

Hydroelectric incremental generation from efficiency improvements

Small hydroelectric (30 megawatts or less)

Conduit hydroelectric

Landfill gas

Solar thermal electric

Digester gas

Municipal solid waste

Wind

 

RPS Requirements

 The CEC Regulations impose four future multi-year compliance periods, followed by multi-year compliance periods:

Compliance Period

RPS Procurement Obligation (% of retail sales)

(3) January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2020

33% by December 31, 2020

(4)-January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2024

40% by December 31, 2024

(5)- January 1, 2025 – December 31, 2027

45% by December 31, 2027

(6)- January 1, 2028 – December 31, 2030

50% by December 31, 2030

All Subsequent Multi-Year Periods

50%

 

Complete RPS: RPS Procurement Plan