Renewable Portfolio Standard FAQs

What is the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program?

District of Columbia electricity suppliers are mandated to provide an increasing percentage of their electricity from renewable resources. The Public Service Commission has established rules to implement these requirements. The renewable energy requirements are part of the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) (D.C. Code 34-1431 et seq.), which was established in 2005. The RPS program was intended, in part, to establish a market in the District of Columbia for electricity from renewable sources. The Act allows electricity suppliers to meet their RPS requirements by buying renewable energy credits from consumers or others who derive energy from wind, solar and other renewable sources.

The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Act requires the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia to annually report to the Council of the District of Columbia on the status of implementation of the RPS program including the number of renewable generators approved by the Commission; the availability of renewable resources; and the certification of the number of credits provided by the companies meeting the requirements of D.C. Official Code § 34-1432, which outlines the minimum percentages to be derived from certain renewable resources..

Who is eligible for the RPS program?

Renewable energy generators, including behind-the-meter generators, must be certified as a qualified Tier I (including solar energy systems) or Tier II resource through the completion of an application form approved by the Commission. The Commission assigns a unique certification number to each eligible renewable generator that is approved.

What is the automated RPS application?

The automated RPS application is a dynamic online form designed to streamline the application process by providing the following enhanced functionality:

  1. Electronic completion of the automated web-based application;
  2. Tracking the status of the application from submission to approval, denial or withdrawal;
  3. A unique dashboard for both the applicant and the RPS administrator to perform application related activities; and
  4. Two-way notification between the RPS administrator and RPS applicant.
How can I access the online application?

The RPS Portal is accessible through the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard landing page [https://dcpsc.org/RPS] and the Commission’s eDocket system.

Who can use the RPS portal?

Registered eDocket users can use the RPS portal. If you’re not a registered eDocket user, complete the eDocket new user registration here.

Where can I find a current list of eligible renewable generators?

To view the current list of eligible renewable generators, click here.

How do I file the Electricity Supplier Annual Compliance Report?

Click here to view Electricity Supplier Annual Compliance Report filing instructions and report template.

Do I need to install any software?

A standard internet browser is required to use the RPS portal i.e., Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox.

Who do I contact for help?

The RPS administrators can be reached at RPSHelp@psc.dc.gov from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday)