Renewable Energy Programs
ORA is the primary representative of ratepayers in renewable energy development. ORA actively participates in all of the renewable energy development proceedings including the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), Distributed Generation (including California Solar Initiative (CSI)) and RPS-related proceedings (Transmission, Long-Term Procurement Planning (LTPP), and Greenhouse Gas (GHG)/Climate Change).
Implements SB 1122 (2011, Rubio), which requires investor owned utilities (IOUs) to procure up to 250 MW of small-scale utility bioenergy under a feed-in tariff.
In 2010, Governor Jerry Brown set a goal of installing 20,000 MW of renewable electricity by 2020. His Clean Energy Jobs Plan included a specific target of 12,000 MW of Distributed Generation targeting localized energy, in order to spur investment in renewable energy and help meet the state’s ambitious climate goals.
Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) since should spur near-term development of low-cost renewable projects at the distribution level and provide a new tool for renewable energy procurement.
California’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) was established by Assembly Bill 1969 in 2006. The FiT is a market-based program for small Distributed Generation (DG) renewable projects sized 3 megawatts (MWs) and under, whose price is set by the CPUC’s Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (Re-MAT) program.
California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)obligates investor-owned utilities (IOUs), energy service providers (ESPs) and community choice aggregators (CCAs) to procure an additional 1% of retail sales per year from eligible renewable sources until 33% is reached, no later than 2020.