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CPUC Seeks Comments on Achieving 33 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard

| Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 18, 2005 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Update: December 15, 2005
At today’s PUC meeting, the Commission directed the final version of the report “Achieving a 33% Renewable Energy Target”, as well as a summary of comments [see complete listing of comments] received on the report, to the Governor’s Climate Action Team. The final report is materially identical to the draft report that was issued in early November, with only minor changes to correct for typos, footnote omissions, etc. Alternatively, you can download them from the CPUC website through the link You can also access the complete set of comments that were submitted through this page.

The California Public Utilities Commission held a workshop on November 17, 2005, to provide a summary of the “Achieving a 33 Percent Renewable Energy Target” draft report issued earlier this month. The CPUC is now seeking comments on the plan from interested parties.

Although the report is not part of a formal regulatory proceeding, the Commission is interested in getting feedback. Comments should be submitted directly to Andrew Schwartz via email ( no later than December 1st. After receiving comments, they will be compiled into a summary report that will be included as an attachment to the final report itself.

The guidelines for the comments are as follows:

1.) Comments should be no more than 20 pages in length.

2.) They should be organized in a manner that makes it clear which section of the report is being addressed. It is recommended that draft report’s table of contents is used as the organizing framework for comments.

The authors of the report offer the following general conclusions. “It is economically and technologically feasible to achieve a 33% RPS in California by 2020. Moreover, a 33% RPS is likely to result in net savings to California’s electricity customers over a twenty year period. Using the best information available at this time, a 33 percent RPS would result in a small negative ratepayer impact in the first decade (2011-2020). This is more than offset by longer term ratepayer benefits over ten years in the 2021 to 2030 timeframe. These estimates are meant to be indicative rather than absolute since, as this analysis demonstrates, there is considerable uncertainty surrounding future rate projections and RPS costs.”



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