- Determining annual procurement targets and enforcing compliance.
- Reviewing and approving each IOU's renewable energy procurement plan.
- Reviewing IOU contracts for RPS-eligible energy.
- Establishing the standard terms and conditions used by IOUs in their contracts for eligible renewable energy.
- Certify renewable facilities as eligible for the RPS.
- Design and implement a tracking and verification system to ensure that renewable energy output is counted only once for the purpose of the RPS and for verifying retail product claims in California or other states.
- Directs the Energy Commission to adopt regulations specifying procedures for enforcement of the RPS for publicly owned utilities.
- Requires the Energy Commission to certify and verify eligible renewable energy resources procured by publicly owned utilities and to monitor their compliance with the RPS. The Energy Commission will continue to certify and verify RPS procurements by retail sellers.
- The Energy Commission refers the failure of a publicly owned utility to comply to the Air Resources Board, which may impose penalties.
In the ongoing effort to codify the ambitious 33 percent by 2020 goal, Senate Bill X1-2 was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., in April 2011. This new RPS preempts the California Air Resources Boards' 33 percent Renewable Electricity Standard and applies to all electricity retailers in the state including publicly owned utilities (POUs), investor-owned utilities, electricity service providers, and community choice aggregators. All of these entities must adopt the new RPS goals of 20 percent of retails sales from renewables by the end of 2013, 25 percent by the end of 2016, and the 33 percent requirement being met by the end of 2020. (California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission)