ARB to delay implementation of Renewable Portfolio Standard

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, July 30, 2010 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

In an effort to pass legislation implementing a statewide 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has requested that the Air Resources Board (ARB) postpone implementing its own RPS.

You may recall that conflicting ideologies regarding the state’s RPS and incorporated tradable renewable energy credits (TRECs) has pitted ARB against the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in recent months.  Specifically, the issue at hand is the parameters regarding the amount of TRECs that can be used by companies who utilize out-of-state renewable energy sources and which entity, the ARB or the PUC, has the authority to enforce such rules.  The PUC favored an approach, rejected by the Administration, that limited the use of out-of-state energy sources.  Instead, the Governor charged the ARB with the task of creating an RPS, which was to be implemented this month.

Since the Governor has now decided to push for a legislative fix, SB 722 (Joseph Simitian, D-Palo Alto), the ARB’s RPS will only be implemented in the event that negotiations regarding the bill are not successful.

SB 722 will be heard in Assembly Appropriations within the next two weeks. CMTA is in opposition. Our position letter can be loaded from CMTA’s Leg Watch Page or by clicking here: totalcapitol.com/tools/download.php

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