This page contains a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) related to AB 1613.
Send an email indicating whether you need a 500 kW, 5 MW or 20 MW PPA to AB1613Inquiries@pge.com. PG&E will send a questionnaire requesting the information necessary to complete the PPA. When you return the completed questionnaire, PG&E will send you a completed PPA, which must be signed and returned to PG&E for execution. The date that PG&E executes the PPA will be its “effective date.”
Your project is eligible if it meets both of the following conditions:
If both of these conditions are met, your monthly payment includes a 10 percent location bonus. The interconnection point is determined by the interconnection study for the project.
Yes, your project will receive the 10 percent bonus for the contract term if the project is in a local Resource Adequacy area during the year in which the PPA was signed.
No, the price isn’t fixed. Your monthly contract payment contains both a fixed price component and a variable price component.
View the monthly variable pricing for AB 1613 facilities at the following Web page. Visit Pricing Options for Qualifying Facilities & Eligible Combined Heat and Power Facilities.
The seller determines the length of the PPA, from one to 10 years, at the time the contract is executed.
The seller sets a date in for deliveries to begin in the PPA. For an existing CHP facility, this date can be no later than 24 months following the date that the PPA was executed. For a new CHP facility, deliveries must start no later than 60 months following the date that the PPA was executed.
CEC must certify the project before it begins operating. The CEC website has details on how to obtain certification. Visit Order Instituting Rulemaking Implementation of the Waste Heat and Carbon Emissions Reduction Act. You can also refer to CHP guidelines. Download GUIDELINES FOR CERTIFICATION OF COMBINED HEAT AND POWER SYSTEMS PURSUANT TO THE WASTE HEAT AND CARBON EMISSIONS REDUCTION ACT, PUBLIC UTILITIES CODE, SECTION 2840 ET SEQ (PDF, 932 KB).
Yes, unless the facility is owned by a public agency exempt from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) jurisdiction under 16 USC §824(f), it must be considered a Qualifying Facility under Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act ("PURPA").
The project must meet any current CEC eligibility requirements, which may be amended throughout the contract term.
If a facility is decertified after the Term Start Date and compliance under PURPA has been demonstrated, then PG&E will pay Short Run Avoided Cost ("SRAC") and payments for As-Delivered Capacity, as posted monthly pursuant to CPUC Decision 07-09-040 at the time of decertification. By accepting payment, the Seller agrees to replace the AB 1613 PPA with the "Standard Contract for Qualifying Facilities with a Power Rating that is Less than or Equal to 20 MW," which was adopted as part of the QF/CHP Settlement Agreement in D.10-12-035, for the remainder of the AB 1613 PPA term.
Yes, the location must be identified. Within 60 days of the effective date, you must also demonstrate site control, as defined in the AB 1613 PPA. If the project is a new facility, then updates on its site control status must be made before construction on the generating facility begins.
Unless the seller obtains a waiver from the CPUC, sellers of AB 1613 who are interconnecting under PG&E’s "Wholesale Distribution Access Tariff" (WDAT) or the CAISO tariff must comply with requirements to provide resource adequacy. This includes obtaining full capacity delivery status under CAISO rules to receive full AB 1613 pricing.
A project is not required to provide full deliverability if it uses a different form of interconnection. However, future CPUC decisions may require deliverability assessments.
Generators receive the PURPA energy price and as-available capacity price.
The terms and conditions vary, but the biggest differences are the PURPA eligibility requirements and the pricing terms. The PURPA PPA is available for download. Carefully review the terms and conditions on both contracts before making your decision. Download Standard Contract for Qualifying Facilities with a Power Rating that is Less than or Equal to 20MW (PDF, 483 KB).
If you are seeking a location bonus, PG&E Energy Procurement Contract Management requires the following documentation: