CPUC indefinitely delays net metering vote in the middle of prevalent criticism of changes

Feb 4, 2022 02:52 PM ET
  • The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has actually made a decision to forever postpone its decision on controversial adjustments to the state's net metering laws, according to reports and a Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) statement.
CPUC indefinitely delays net metering vote in the middle of prevalent criticism of changes
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Dubbed NEM 3.0, new scheme would have lowered solar export credit histories by about 80% and also included a US$ 57 monthly fixed cost for the typical residential system that is partially countered by a US$ 15 per month credit rating for 10 years.

" The proposed choice never ever made good sense for a host of reasons," stated SEIA vice head of state of state as well as regulatory affairs Sean Gallagher as he welcomed the choice.

The CPUC hasn't released a main statement yet however POLITCO's Colby Bermel tweeted a statement from Kelly Hymes, a management law judge at CPUC, which stated that the choice "would certainly not show up on the Commission's ballot conference program up until more notification".

Research organisation Wood Mackenzie warned the modifications, suggested by the CPUC in December 2021, would significantly lower residential PV's worth suggestion in California, reducing its solar market in half by 2024.

The propositions have been widely criticised by the solar sector and also climate advocates alike. Energy financial expert and also net metering specialist Ahmad Faruqui defined them as "regressive and also inaccessible with fact".

" It would certainly have compromised the integrity of California's power shipment system, harmed California's effort to take on environment change and also cut jobs as well as financial chances for all Californians," claimed Gallagher.

" The enhanced expenses as well as loss of demand for solar also would certainly have made solar much less available to moderate- and also low-income families."

The statement will certainly be well obtained from solar installers with major operations in California, such as Sunrun, SunPower and also Tesla.

It won't come as a massive shock nevertheless after California governor Gavin Newsom, on 11 January, said there was "more work to be done" on the state's net metering laws and that "modifications need to be made".

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