Enforcement Procedures for the Renewables Portfolio Standard for Local Publicly Owned Electric Utilities

Amended Regulations

The effective date of the regulations is April 12, 2016

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Amended Regulations for Enforcement Procedures for the Renewables Portfolio Standard for Local Publicly Owned Electric Utilities
Publication # CEC-300-2016-002-CMF, posted April 22, 2016 (PDF file, 38 pages, 472 kb)

Final Statement of Reasons for the Amended Regulations
Publication # CEC-300-2016-003-CMF, posted April 22, 2016 (PDF file, 48 pages, 588 kb)


The Energy Commission has modified existing regulations to establish enforcement rules and procedures for the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) for local publicly owned electric utilities (POUs), and these modified regulations have been approved by the Office of Administrative Law, with an effective date of April 12, 2016. The modified regulations fulfill the purposes of Public Utilities Code section 399.30 (o), which directs the Energy Commission to adopt regulations specifying procedures for the enforcement of the RPS on POUs under Article 16 (commencing with section 399.11) of Chapter 2.3 of Part I of Public Utilities Code.

Section 399.30 (o) also states that these "regulations shall include a public process under which the Energy Commission may issue a notice of violation and correction against a local publicly owned electric utility for failure to comply with this article, and for referral of violations to the State Air Resources Board for penalties..."

The modified regulations amended the rules and procedures that the Energy Commission will use to assess a POU's procurement actions and determine whether those actions meet the RPS procurement requirements in the law. The regulations determine what POU action is required by the law, so when the Energy Commission evaluates a POU's actions, it may determine whether the POU complied with the law. The regulations require POUs to submit various information and reports to the Energy Commission so the Energy Commission may verify and determine compliance with the RPS, and, if appropriate, issue a notice of violation and correction for a POU's failure to comply and refer the violation to the State Air Resources Board for potential penalties

For copies of the rulemaking documents, including the Notice of Proposed Action, Initial Statement of Reasons, Final Statement of Reasons, Supporting Material for the Economic and Fiscal Impact Statement and Assessment, POU Cost Analysis, Enforcement Procedures for the Renewables Portfolio Standard for Local Publicly Owned Electric Utilities, and Notice of Approval by the Office of Administrative Law, please see the Workshops, Notices, and Documents page.


For more information contact:

Emily Chisholm
Renewable Energy Program
California Energy Commission
Phone: 916-654-4006
E-mail: Emily.Chisholm@energy.ca.gov


News media, please call: Media & Public Communications Office - 916-654-4989.



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