Groups Representing the Environment and Low-Income Customers Want Meaningful Reform to the State’s Rooftop Solar Program
Posted on March 18, 2021
Not Surprisingly, Solar Companies Want to Keep the Status Quo
Sacramento — By the March 15 deadline, a broad range of organizations – including consumer advocates and environmental organizations – have submitted proposals to the CPUC to update California’s 25-year-old Net Energy Metering (NEM) program. While proposed solutions differ, the majority of parties weighing in recognize the NEM program is unfairly driving up electricity bills for millions of Californians and also jeopardizing the state’s ability to achieve our clean energy objectives at the lowest cost.
Not surprisingly, groups representing solar corporations failed to acknowledge the outdated NEM structure is unnecessarily driving up electricity rates for customers who don’t have solar systems, particularly for low-income customers. These solar groups are advocating instead for only minor modifications that do little to address the unfair cost burdens. In short, their proposals amount to keeping the unfair status quo.
Advocates for meaningful NEM reform recognize its possible to continue to promote rooftop solar, grow access in disadvantaged communities while also creating a more equitable rate structure that doesn’t unfairly burden low-income Californians.
Here’s a breakdown how groups have lined up:
Submitted Proposal for Meaningful Reform
The Utility Reform Network (TURN)
Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC)
The Public Advocates Office of the CPUC
Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric
California Wind Energy Association
Submitted Proposal to Protect Status Quo
California Solar and Storage Association
California Energy Storage Alliance
Solar Energy Industries Association, Vote Solar