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Posted by: thepinetree on 01/12/2022 08:31 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 01/12/2022 08:31 AM
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Tesla on Net Metering and the CPUC Proposal to Strip Benefits & Impose Charges on Utility Customers with Solar Panels

Palo Alto, CA....Consistent with our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, Tesla supports net metering structures that allow customers to supply their own power using on-site renewable energy without penalty. We further support NEM reform that increases the climate and grid benefits of customer-sited clean generation through rate structures that encourage the dispatch of solar-paired batteries during times of the day when the electric grid is strained and fossil power plants are most polluting.  For example, Tesla supported the NEM reform recently adopted by the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District that encourages customers to store their daytime solar energy in batteries for use in the evening hours to help the grid during times of high energy demand to offset high grid greenhouse gas emissions.





However, we oppose the CPUC Proposal for several reasons.

First, imposing fixed charges only on those customers who choose to install solar impinges on customers’ right to self-generate their own clean energy. It violates every tenant of regulatory fairness and is likely illegal under federal law.  The fixed charges cannot be avoided by adding a battery and would need to be paid regardless of whether the solar customer exports energy to the electric grid.  Every solar customer should be asking why they are discriminated against, but not those customers who have rarely used vacation homes, invest in energy efficiency, have small homes, or otherwise have pay lower utility bills.   Why would the PUC not add fixed charges to all customers fairly and with documented justification, rather than only solar customers?

Second, the dramatic change from the current NEM policy will reduce customer adoption of clean energy in California at a time when more is needed to meet the state’s climate goals and to provide more energy resiliency in the face of unprecedented wildfires and grid outages.

Finally, reducing the length of the grandfathering period short-changes customers who made an investment in solar under rules that promised consistent policy over the life of their system. Changing the rules in the middle of the game will make it less likely for customers to trust that other CPUC Decisions won’t later be reversed.




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Newsom Answers Solar Questions
Posted on: 2022-01-12 08:50:54   By: Anonymous
 
On Monday, two reporters asked Governor Newsom where he stood on the CA Public Utilities Commission’s proposal to penalize people for choosing solar energy, and whether the proposal needed to be changed.

The Governor's answer: "We still have work to do...Do I think changes should be made? Yes, I do." View his full response to the first and the second question.

The good news: The Governor publicly said that the current CPUC proposal is not acceptable. I have no doubt this is a result of your calls, letters and emails.

The bad news: The Governor did not specify what changes he wants. He needs to come out clearly against penalizing people for going solar, and in favor of making rooftop solar more affordable, not less.

What that means for you, me and everyone else: We have to keep the pressure on, and step it up even more.

Can you please do one of these two actions today or tomorrow?

1) Call the Governor, even if you have called before. His number is 916-445-2841. Here's a sample script.

"My name is ___ and I live in ____. I am against the proposed Solar Penalty Fee and I’m against slashing the value of rooftop solar 80%. Nobody should pay a penalty for putting solar panels on their roof. California should be doing more, not less, to promote rooftop solar. Please show us you are serious about rate hikes, blackouts and air pollution. Say no to the utilities’ profit grab, and yes to helping millions of working and middle class people get solar."

2) Hand-write a short letter to the Governor and mail it the old-fashioned way, through the US Postal Service! So few people mail letters these days that yours is more likely to be noticed. Here is his address: 1021 O Street, Suite 9000 Sacramento, CA 95814

Thank you for considering these requests. These actions will help boost the visibility of the hundreds of people who are gathering (safely) in Los Angeles and San Francisco tomorrow (Thursday) to protest the CPUC's proposal.

Your efforts have gotten the Governor's attention. Now let's increase the volume and make sure he takes a side -- your side.

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    Re: Newsom Answers Solar Questions
    Posted on: 2022-01-12 12:31:50   By: Anonymous
     
    Stay in the Bay Area with your wants and needs ass puppet.

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      Re: Newsom Answers Solar Questions
      Posted on: 2022-01-13 07:29:46   By: Anonymous
       
      The Stay in the Bay dude is a fool.

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        Re: Newsom Answers Solar Questions
        Posted on: 2022-01-14 18:06:27   By: Anonymous
         
        These posts are way too nice....but thanks for your Intelligent Input.....only backlash as usual is name calling etc bull*bleep* from the Progressive Loosers.

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