Renewable Portfolio Standard -- California

Source: JOIN IEA/IRENA Policy and Measures Database
Last updated: 9 February 2017

In 2002, California established its Renewable Portfolio Standard Program, with the goal of increasing the percentage of renewable energy in the states electricity mix to 20 percent by 2017. The Program was accelerated in 2006 under Senate Bill 107. Californias Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) is one of the most ambitious renewable energy standards in the country. The RPS programme requires electric corporations to increase procurement from eligible renewable energy resources by at least 1% of their retail sales annually, until they reach 20% by 2010. On November 17, 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Executive Order S-14-08 requiring that California utilities reach the 33 percent renewables goal by 2020. Under Senate Bill 350, this requirement was increased to 50% by 2030. 

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