ICYMI: UC Berkeley Haas Energy Institute: “NEM has been a growing impediment to the centerpiece of California’s current climate plan – electrification of households and transportation”

Posted on February 17, 2022

Sacramento – UC Berkeley’s Haas Energy Institute again called for Net Energy Metering (NEM) reform in a new blog, saying NEM is impeding climate progress in California.

James Bushnell, Professor of Economics at UC Davis who previously served as Director of Research at Haas Energy Institute, points to many problems with the state’s rooftop solar subsidy program and says that for many years, “NEM has been a growing impediment to the centerpiece of California’s current climate plan – electrification of households and transportation.”

Failure to reform NEM and continued shifting of rooftop solar costs to non-solar customers will doom clean energy goals in California. “Higher electricity prices make the shift to electric vehicles, space heating, and water heating less and less appealing to the majority of Californians whom the state’s own climate scoping plan is counting on to electrify their lifestyles.”

“What NEM reform would do is help slow the inexorable increase in electricity prices for non-solar homes. This in turn would help stave off the very real possibility that fueling an electric car in California becomes more expensive than fueling a conventional one.”

Bushnell takes aim at groups opposed to NEM reform, pointing out, “residential rooftop solar isn’t the only way to generate clean electricity. It’s not even the only way to generate solar electricity. It is only the most expensive way to generate clean electricity.”

You can read the entire blog here.