AZ: Proposed rulemaking will address RPS compliance, REC issues
The Arizona Corporation Commission has voted to publish staff’s proposed rules on utility RPS compliance, REC ownership and REC counting. The ACC did so despite objections from meeting participants that the proposed rules contain language that creates questions about customer REC ownership. (The ACC has stated that this is not the intent). The ACC subsequently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Docket No. RE-00000C-14-0112) and set a deadline of 11/10/2014 for comments on the proposed revisions. Public hearings will be held 11/12/2014 and 11/14/2014. The proposed revisions by staff clarify that generators own RECs associated with the renewable energy they create (absent express written consent to the contrary), and expand existing provisions governing RPS compliance to differentiate utility-owned and customer-owned RECs, while allowing the ACC to consider “all available information” when determining a utility’s compliance.