Renewable Portfolio Standard (Pennsylvania)
Last modified on February 5, 2013.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||Renewable Portfolio Standard|
|Incentive Type||Renewables Portfolio Standard|
|Eligible Technologies||Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Landfill Gas, Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Electric, Wind|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Standard||PECO: 2% in 2001; increasing 0.5% annually; other utilities vary|
|Last DSIRE Review||2004-08-05|
Pennsylvania’s December 1996 electricity restructuring law did not establish a renewable portfolio standard. However, as with the state’s public benefits funds for renewables, a renewable energy portfolio requirement was subsequently established through individual utility restructuring settlements with PECO, PP&L, GPU, and Allegheny (West Penn).
In the case of PECO, for example, on January 1, 2001, 20% of PECO's residential customers were to be assigned to a provider of last resort-default supplier other than PECO via a competitive bidding process . To qualify for the "competitive default service" bidding process, an electric generation supplier had to agree to provide in 2001 at least 2.0% of its generation portfolio from renewable resources (See eligible technologies above). The renewable energy increment was to increase 0.5% annually thereafter.
Other utility settlement agreements contained similar provisions, although GPU's portfolio requirement was only 0.2% renewables and municipal solid waste was an eligible fuel source. However, these agreements contained a clause that eliminated the requirement if the increase in cost as a result of using renewable energy exceeded a certain level. Only PECO's bid process was successful, with New Power picking up 299,000 customers and Green Mountain Power taking over about 50,000. New Power later went out of business and the number of Green Mountain Power's customers has dropped to about 32,000.
Under the terms of the agreement with PECO, Green Mountain Energy's offer is between 1 and 2 percent less than the PECO price to compare, depending on the residential customer rate class.
Generators located in PJM may sell to any LSE in PA; generators located in MISO may sell to LSEs serving PA load in MISO.
|Contact Name||Dan Griffiths|
|Department||Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection|
|Division||Office of Energy and Technology Deployment|
|Address||Rachel Carson State Office Building|
|Address 2||400 Market Street|
|Phone 2||(717) 787-2814|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.