in News Departments > Policy Watch
print the content item

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved the program details to implement the Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM), a new procurement method that the commission says will help lower transaction costs and promote the development of system-side renewable distributed generation projects of up to 20 MW in size.

Elements of the RAM include a standard contract (simple, non-negotiable contract that the CPUC pre-approves); project viability (the seller must meet minimum criteria to participate in the auction); market-based pricing (bids are selected on price, starting with the lowest price bid until the auction capacity cap is reached); streamlined procurement (CPUC staff can approve executed contracts through a Tier 2 advice letter); and transparency (interconnection maps show available capacity on electrical system, annual program forums solicit program feedback, and utility reporting requirements are listed on the auction response and project development milestones of executed contracts).

The program has an interim 1,000 MW procurement target over two years and requires investor-owned utilities to hold two auctions per year. The first auction will take place in the fourth quarter.


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Are Fitch Ratings' Claims About Wind Farm Underperformance Unfounded?

A recent report from Fitch Ratings suggests that wind farms underperform due to an overestimation of wind resources, but AWS Truepower says the analysis misses the mark.


SunEdison Buying First Wind In $2.4 Billion Deal

Global solar company SunEdison and its yeildco have announced an agreement to buy the Boston-based developer, a major player in the U.S. wind industry.


U.S., China Reach Ambitious Climate Change Accord

The agreement between the global superpowers leans heavily on the deployment of renewable energy, such as wind and solar.


What The Midterm Elections Mean For The U.S. Wind Industry

Both chambers of Congress are now under Republican control for the first time since 2006. How will wind energy fare?


GE Blade Crashes At Mehoopany Wind Farm In Pennsylvania

The turbine manufacturer says the Nov. 2 incident is "isolated and unrelated" when compared to earlier blade issues.

Renewable NRG_id1934
Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
BG 2015DblBox_id2032