Renewable Energy Programs

RPS - The Renewables Portfolio Standard

California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) obligates investor owned utilities, energy service providers, and community choice aggregators to procure an additional 1% of retail sales per year from eligible renewable sources until 33% is reached, no later than 2020.


Implements SB 1122, which requires investor owned utilities to procure an incremental 250 MW of small scale bioenergy projects under a feed-in tariff. 

Distributed Generation (DG)

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)

The RAM is a simplified and market based mechanism for investor owned utilities to procure for smaller renewable energy projects.  Adopted by the Commission to promote competition and elicit the lowest costs for ratepayers, encourage the development of resources that can utilize existing transmission and distribution infrastructure, and contribute to the RPS goals. 


Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (Re-MAT) formerly Feed-in Tariff

The Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (Re-MAT) program sets the price for California’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT), a market-based program for small Distributed Generation (DG) renewable projects sized less than 3 megawatts (MWs).