Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) Verification

Under California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) statutes, procurement claims from a RPS certified facility must be verified as eligible for the RPS in order to count towards a utility's RPS obligation. The Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) has been developed to satisfy current RPS tracking requirements. The use of WREGIS is required for retail sellers and publicly owned utilities to track and report their RPS procurement.

Retail sellers and publicly owned utilities must report their RPS claims annually to the Energy Commission on July 1st of each year.

RPS-eligible facilities that use one or more non-renewable fuel must report their monthly fuel use data annually to the Energy Commission by April 1st of each year for the previous calendar year. RPS-eligible facilities using common carrier pipeline biomethane must report their biomethane data by April 1st of each year for the previous calendar year.

RPS Verification Protocols (Posted July 24, 2015. PDF file)

RPS Reporting Instructions (Posted April 18, 2016. PDF file)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF file, Posted )


RPS Verification Methodology Report

This Renewables Portfolio Standard Verification Methodology Report describes the methods California Energy Commission staff uses 1) to verify the eligibility of renewable energy procured by load-serving entities for each compliance period of California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard; 2) to determine the Portfolio Content Category classification of local publicly owned electric utilities’ eligible renewable energy; and 3) describes the process Energy Commission staff follows to determine compliance of local publicly owned electric utilities with the Renewables Portfolio Standard. For each compliance period, results from the application of the verification analyses covered in this report will be issued separately for retail sellers and local publicly owned electric utilities.


RPS Verification Results

As part of its Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) responsibilities, the Energy Commission verifies the eligibility of renewable energy procured for each RPS compliance period by both retail sellers and local publicly owned electric utilities (POUs). For each compliance period, results from the verification analyses will be issued separately for retail sellers and POUs. For retail sellers, a final verification report will be transmitted to the CPUC to be used for its compliance and enforcement activities; for POUs, verification results for each POU will be issued independently.


Verification Forms

All verification forms, with the exception of the WREGIS Compliance Report and the WREGIS e-Tag Report, must be submitted in Excel format by email to RPSTrack@energy.ca.gov, using the appropriate file name for the attachment. For all forms submitted, signed attestations must be emailed to RPSTrack@energy.ca.gov or mailed to:

California Energy Commission
Attn: RPS Verification
1516 9th Street, MS-45
Sacramento, CA 95814

Form Description Posted/Revision Date File Type
and Size
WREGIS State/Provincial/Voluntary Compliance Report and WREGIS e-Tag Summary Report Attestation Form
CEC-RPS-CCP Form for certified facilities using biomethane resource 6/25/2015 109 kb
CEC-RPS-FDP Form for certified biomethane facilities using functionally dedicated pipeline 6/25/2015 103 kb
CEC-RPS-GEN Report of Generation and Fuel Use for RPS-eligible facilities. Required for facilities that use at least one non-renewable fuel to generate electricity, or facilities with generation not tracked in WREGIS for the entire calendar year covered in this report. 6/25/2015 66 kb
CEC-RPS-TRACK RPS Procurement Claims and Attestation Form for load-serving entities reporting generation not available in WREGIS 6/25/2015 58 kb

Publicly Owned Utilities forms Only

Form Description Posted/Revision Date File Type
and Size
CEC-RPS-POUAnnual report summary information and compliance report information for POUs4/18/2016 285 kb
CEC-RPS-HourlyAnnual hourly meter and annual hourly final e-Tag schedule reporting for POUs claiming PCC 1 not directly interconnected to a California Balancing Authority6/25/20152.9 mb
CEC-RPS-eTage-Tag summary report for e-Tags not tracked in WREGIS for POUs6/25/201562 kb
CEC-RPS-399Form for annual reporting on electricity sales from certified hydroelectric generation units that meet the criteria of Public Utilities Code section 399.30(j)6/25/2015 74 kb

For more information contact:

Theresa Daniels
Renewable Energy Division
California Energy Commission
Phone: 916-654-4669
E-mail: Theresa.Daniels@energy.ca.gov


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