Californians Without Solar Are Paying $12 Million Extra Each Day in Higher Electricity Bills Due to Delayed Reform of the State’s 25-Year-Old Rooftop Solar Subsidy Program

Posted on May 31, 2022

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Sacramento – It’s been nearly 10 years since AB 327 became law in 2013 and required the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to fix the unfair cost shift the state’s rooftop solar program, Net Energy Metering (NEM), imposes on non-solar customers. It’s been 169 days since the CPUC released proposed reforms.

Every day that goes by without reform needlessly burdens non-solar Californians to the tune of $12 million dollars a day. That’s correct, $12 million a day.

Those costs—nearly $2 billion to date this year alone—are heaped on hard-working Californians who are already struggling with high housing costs, high gas prices and inflation.

Data confirm that Californians with rooftop solar are disproportionately wealthy. It is wrong to continue to burden low-income Californians with the cost of a program that primarily benefits the wealthy.

Join us in tracking in real-time the indefensible cost burden NEM imposes on Californians least able to pay.