Power Source Disclosure

Sample Power Content Label

Senate Bill 1305 (Sher - Statutes of 1997) requires retail suppliers of electricity to disclose to consumers "accurate, reliable, and simple-to-understand information on the sources of energy that are used to provide electric services" (Public Utilities Code Section 398.1(b)).

The law basically requires that electricity retail suppliers to disclose to consumers what type of resource is used to generate electricity being sold to consumers. The suppliers are required to use a format developed by the California Energy Commission called the Power Content Label. An example of a Power Content Label is shown on the right. The law also requires utilities to submit a detailed report of their fuel mix to the Energy Commission. These reports are available to the public upon request.

This page links electricity consumers, retailers and generators to information and the templates needed under this program. Also see our Program Details & Background.

The Energy Commission is in the process of updating the Power Source Disclosure regulations to incorporate the changes made by AB 162. In the meantime, most retail sellers are voluntarily compliant with the program changes outlined by AB 162.

Staff redesigned annual reporting templates as of the 2012 reporting year to implement new database maintenance protocols, and requests that all POUs and Retail Sellers use the "Proposed AB 162 Annual Report Templates" to complete each year's reporting.

All Retail Suppliers must submit:
Reporting Requirements Due Date Templates to File
Annual Report: Power Source Disclosure Program June 1st, 2015 PSD Annual Report Forms.
Independent Audit of the Annual Power Content Label and the Annual Report October 1st, 2015 No specific template
Annual Power Content Label October 1st, 2015 2014 Proposed AB 162 Power Content Label.

See more information on the Power Source Disclosure Program Rulemaking.

For more information about this program contact:

California Energy Commission
Kevin Chou
1516 Ninth Street, MS-45
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-653-1628
E-mail: kevin.chou@energy.ca.gov

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