Policy Principles

The CLEAN California Campaign (Campaign) is coordinated by the Clean Coalition, a nonprofit organization.  The Campaign Coordinator promotes policies that accelerate the development of the wholesale distributed generation (WDG) market segment in California by making the process of contracting, financing, and interconnecting WDG projects less expensive, more predictable, and less time consuming.  WDG projects are 20 megawatts-and-smaller Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) eligible technology systems that are installed to sell all energy to the local utility and are interconnected to the distribution grid.  (Learn about WDG here.)

The Campaign focuses on resolving the top three barriers to WDG project development:
  • Procurement:  Securing power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the utilities is the single biggest barrier to WDG project development. The Campaign will advocate for policies that streamline this process. As a result, it will be substantially easier to finance WDG projects.

  • Grid Access:  Gaining access to the distribution grid is the second biggest barrier to WDG. The Campaign will advocate for policies that ensure that the interconnection process will be transparent and predictable.

  • Financing:  Attracting financing is the third biggest barrier to WDG, because of the complexity, risks, and added costs associated with existing procurement and interconnection processes.
The Campaign has two primary policy objectives:
  • CLEAN Contracts:  Expand existing CLEAN Contracts programs and/or create new programs to help meet the Governorʼs call for an additional 12,000 megawatts of distributed generation by 2020.  Ensure that existing CLEAN Contracts programs are implemented by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) quickly and in accordance with best practices to make it easy to finance and develop WDG projects.  (Learn about CLEAN Contracts here.)
  • Grid Access Reform:  Reform the distribution grid interconnection process to make it less expensive, more predictable, and less time-consuming for WDG projects. Require distribution grid information to be made publicly available so that developers can determine in advance whether a site will require significant grid upgrades. Give developers recourse when investor-owned utilities (IOUs) fail to follow interconnection processes. Require integrated, long-term distribution grid planning.
The Campaign aims to achieve these objectives through three avenues:
  • Building Awareness:  The Campaign Partners are working together to build awareness of the benefits of a robust CLEAN California Program.

  • Regulatory Action:  The Campaign Coordinator will focus on achieving these objectives by participating in California regulatory proceedings.
  • Legislative Action:  To the extent that legislative change is necessary to clear legal barriers and maximize the economic benefits of our primary policy objectives, the Campaign Coordinator works with Campaign Partners to advocate for legislation and support specific bills.