By Michael J. Carroll and Marc T. Campopiano

On October 7, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 327, removing the current ceiling on California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS). 

As discussed previously, the RPS requires regulated sellers of electricity to obtain a percentage of their electricity from certified renewable resources. In 2011, California’s RPS was increased to 33 percent by 2020, among the most aggressive renewable energy standards in the United States.  The RPS phases in at 20% by 2013, 25% by 2016, and 33% by 2020.