To Manage Future Rate Impacts, California should Reform Net Energy Metering

Posted on March 30, 2022

Sacramento – The Affordable Clean Energy for All coalition today offered the following guidance for legislators participating in the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee informational hearing today at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol to discuss “Pocketbooks and the Power System: Managing Future Rate Impacts.”

The statement below can be attributed to Kathy Fairbanks, spokeswoman, Affordable Clean Energy for All, a coalition of senior, community, social justice, business and taxpayer groups urging reform of the state’s rooftop solar subsidy program, Net Energy Metering (NEM), to fix the unfair cost shift:

“If people are serious about managing high electric rates, the first thing that should be done is to reform the state’s rooftop solar subsidy program, Net Energy Metering, to ensure those with rooftop solar are paying their fair share. Today non-solar customers, including renters, seniors, and those from disadvantaged communities, are paying an average of $240/year more in higher electric bills to cover costs that should be paid by those with solar systems. That cost will balloon to $550/year by 2030 if NEM isn’t reformed.”