California RPS

To reduce the carbon footprint caused by utility-wide emissions, California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard was established by legislation in 2002. The mandate requires that all electric utilities procure energy generated by renewable resources into their portfolio.

Subsequent amendments to the law have resulted in a number of changes to the RPS. Most notably, the October 2015 passage of Senate Bill 350 extends the timeline requirements to 2030, when 50 percent of each utility’s retail sales must come from eligible renewable energy sources.

Interim renewable procurement targets:

  • 20 percent of retail sales by Dec. 31, 2013
  • 25 percent of retail sales by Dec. 31, 2016
  • 33 percent of retail sales by Dec. 31, 2020
  • 40 percent of retail sales by Dec. 31, 2024
  • 45 percent of retail sales by Dec. 31, 2027
  • 50 percent of retail sales by Dec. 31, 2030