San Francisco, California [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has announced the availability of new tariffs to support the development of up to 480 megawatts (MW) of renewable generating capacity from small facilities throughout California. The CPUC expects that participating facilities will sell their power to utilities and help contribute to California’s ambitious greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy goals.
The power that is sold to the utilities under the feed-in tariffs will count toward the utilities’ Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) goals. As of August 1, 2007, California’s three large investor-owned utilities collectively served 13.2 percent of their 2006 retail electricity sales with renewable power.
“Up until now, only large renewable projects were able to effectively participate in the Renewables Portfolio Standard program,” said CPUC President Michael Peevey. “Now small facilities can easily contribute to this program and be compensated for their renewable generation by signing up for these tariffs.”