Pre-Rulemaking - Power Source Disclosure Program under AB 162
The basic purpose of this proceeding is to consider changes to the California Energy Commission power source disclosure regulations (title 20, Cal. Code Regs., Sections 1390 - 1394), as required by Assembly Bill 162 (Ruskin, Chapter 313, Statutes of 2009).
In 1997, Senate Bill 1305 (Sher, Chapter 796, Statutes of 1997) established reporting requirements for retail electricity providers, including requirements to disclose quarterly and annual fuel mix information to retail customers in the form of Power Content Labels. Regulations were adopted to implement the Power Source Disclosure Program in 2001, and specific instructions were given on reporting formats for the program. AB 162 makes a number of changes to the Power Source Disclosure Program, and this rulemaking proceeding will ensure that the Energy Commission remains in compliance with existing law.
This rulemaking shall initially focus on:
- Changing the Power Content Label so that it provides a more accurate representation of the state's overall level of renewable generation.
- Establishing guidelines for disclosure of annual fuel mix information to the Commission and customers.
- Updating and clarification.
- Other priority matters as determined by the Committee.
This rulemaking will amend the Commission's current power source disclosure regulations in order to meet the requirements in AB 162.
Changes made by SBX1-2 to the eligibility requirements for electricity products counted as RPS eligible also affect procurement claimed on the Power Content Labels. Because of this, revisions to the Power Source Disclosure Program rulemaking proceeding have been delayed until the POU 33% RPS Regulations are further developed. However, changes to the Power Source Disclosure Program, as outlined in AB 162, do not require adoption of the new regulations to become effective. The requirements of AB 162 and the portions of SB 1305 that were not changed by AB 162 constitute current, effective law. Staff is expecting the Power Source Disclosure Program rulemaking to resume in late summer of 2012, with an expected adoption by the end of the year.
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California Energy Commission
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Sacramento, CA 95814
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