California’s rooftop solar rules facing rehearing requests
As California’s climate emergency intensifies, state regulators are now facing increasing pressure in the face of two separate requests for a rehearing of their new rooftop solar rules before the state’s Public Utilities Commission. The contentious rules reduce the amount that future owners will get for exporting power to the grid. The first request alleges an illegal conspiracy involving Governor Gavin Newsom and three big utilities, while the other claims legal errors were made by PUC when making their decision on how to revamp net metering regulations. Supporters of a rehearing contest that swift action is needed given the climate crisis, stressing that it should be resolved as soon as possible, within only 9 years from installation date. These supporters tout the potential savings of up to $136 per month on average for eligible customers who access $900 million – $630 million set aside for low income households – encouraging storage systems and stand-alone storage; they also point out that this transition into a “thriving” solar-plus-storage marketplace could further reduce these savings if delayed.
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Source: Microgrid Media
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