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SB 1374 removes a burdensome barrier and restores the ability for customers to self-consume the energy they produce on their property.

A bill that would restore the ability of schools, shopping centers, farms and apartment building owners to use the power they generate with their own rooftop solar systems passed in the California State Senate last week and was sent to the Assembly.

Senate Bill (SB) 1374, authored by Sen. Josh Becker, D-Menlo Park, would reverse a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decision last year that prevented numerous types of solar panel owners with multiple meters from using the electricity they generated to offset what they purchased from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and other power companies.

The bill was approved 28-7 on May 20.

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Source: The Independent

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State regulators slashed solar programs that school districts rely on to cut energy bills and finance sustainability projects. A new bill could fix that.

California regulators’ hostility to rooftop solar may have hit its political limit, at least when it comes to the impact on public schools.

In the past few months, a host of bills seeking to reverse or amend California’s regulatory push against rooftop solar have faltered in the state Capitol. The exception, so far, is Senate Bill 1374. The bill would amend the November California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) decision that prevents schools, farms, apartment buildings, and other types of customers from using the solar power they generate to offset their power purchases from Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric, the state’s three major utilities.

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Source: Canary Media

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AB 2619 will repeal the NEM 3.0 decision and require the CPUC to create a new rule structure based on the clean energy goals set by SB 100.

California Assemblymember Damon Connolly (D-San Rafael) has introduced new legislation to reduce fees and taxes on residential solar projects and restore incentives to Californians that were recently diminished by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)’s NEM 3.0 decision.

NEM 3.0 cut the incentives that utilities were required to pay solar homeowners when pushing surplus power to the grid by approximately 75%, plummeting demand for solar adoption throughout the state and threatening many solar installation businesses. In addition to the projected loss of 17,000 jobs, NEM 3.0 has also jeopardized California’s ability to meet its ambitious clean energy goals.

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Source: Solar Power World

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A bill in the CA State Legislature that would start a fully integrated western electricity grid will be heard in the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee

The fragmented balancing of electricity delivery throughout western states may get one step closer to becoming integrated next week. A bill in the California State Legislature that would start the transition toward a fully integrated western electricity grid will be heard in the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy next week. The integration of the western grid would enable California to work with its neighbors to boost renewable energy production, deliver reliable electricity, and reduce the costs of dispatching clean electricity for the entire western region.

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Source: Clean Technica

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