CEC Begins Update of its Power Source Disclosure Program

The California Energy Commission (“CEC”) has initiated its pre-rulemaking proceeding to implement Assembly Bill (“AB”) 1110 (Ting, 2015-2016 session, Chapter 656). AB 1110 requires the CEC to modify its Power Source Disclosure program to make the program outputs (i.e. the Power Content Label) more clear and to include greenhouse gas emissions intensity reporting for retail electric suppliers.

Initial comments on the CEC’s scoping questions are due March 15, 2017. The CEC expects to have draft regulations for comment to the public by the end of the second quarter of this year, and adoption by the Commission by December 2017.

The proposed regulations will address how reporting entities are required to report “unspecified” power, i.e. power that is purchased in open market transactions where there is no attribution to specific generators. The regulations will also implement AB 1110 requirements to track greenhouse gas emissions intensity and improve transparency of the Power Content Label vis-à-vis the reporting of unbundled RECs versus actual electricity purchases. The CEC will work closely with the California Air Resources Board to implement these requirements.

Posted by Jed Gibson