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ALJ/BWM/gd2 Date of Issuance 5/10/2011

BEFORE THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Order Instituting Rulemaking to Continue Implementation and Administration of California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program.

FILED
PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
MAY 5, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE
RULEMAKING 11-05-005

ORDER INSTITUTING RULEMAKING
REGARDING IMPLEMENTATION AND ADMINISTRATION
OF THE RENEWABLES PORTFOLIO STANDARD PROGRAM

1. Summary

This rulemaking continues implementation and administration of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program.1 As a successor docket to Rulemaking (R.) 08-08-009, this proceeding involves ongoing oversight of the RPS Program. This includes reviewing RPS procurement plans, assessing compliance, and enforcing results.

Ongoing administration also now requires additional program modification and development to implement recent amendments to RPS statutes. These amendments, among other things, set an RPS procurement target of 33% of retail sales by 2020, and require Commission establishment of cost containment limits. Ongoing administration also includes consideration of policy options to achieve optimal RPS resource investment and operation at reasonable cost with equitable balancing of risks among stakeholders implemented through a fair and efficient program.

We coordinate this proceeding with several others addressing related matters.2 R.08-08-009 is closed for purposes of Public Utilities Code Section 1701.5, and remains open only to consider existing petitions for modification, applications for rehearing, and requests for intervenor compensation.

1 The California RPS Program was established by Senate Bill (SB) 1078 (Stats. 2002, Ch. 516, Sec. 3, codified as Pub. Util. Code §§ 399.11 et seq., effective January 1, 2003). The RPS Program or related elements have been amended several times, including by SB 107 (Stats. 2006, Ch. 464), Assembly Bill (AB) 1969 (Stats. 2006, Ch. 731), SB 1036 (Stats. 2007, Ch. 685), SB 380 (Stats. 2008, Ch. 544), SB 32 (Stats. 2009, Ch. 328), SB 695 (Stats. 2009, Ch. 337), and SB 2 (2011-12 First Extraordinary Session, Stats. 2011, Ch 1; referred to herein as SB 2 (1X)). Unless noted otherwise, all statutory references herein are to the Public Utilities Code, as amended by SB 2 (1X).

2 For example, R.08-03-009 and Investigation 08-03-010 (to actively promote the development of transmission infrastructure providing access to renewable energy resources), R.10-05-004 (regarding policies, procedures and rules for the California Solar Initiative, the self-generation incentive program, and other distributed generation issues), and R.10-05-006 (integrating and refining procurement policies and considering long-term procurement plans).

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