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CPUC Proposes Big Changes to Rooftop Solar Payments and Charges

A firestorm of controversy followed the just-released proposed decision from the California Public Utilities Commission that would make big revisions to the compensation paid to rooftop solar owners under Net Energy Metering.

The “enormous” charges and reduced payment are “a big hatchet job to rooftop solar,” said Brattle Group Principal and nationally recognized rate […]

December 14, 2021|

Big Bucks Heading to EV Chargers and Refueling Stations

The same day the federal $1.2 billion Infrastructure package was signed into law that includes $7.5 billion for EV stations, the California Energy Commission approved a huge increase in its clean transportation investment plan, with a focus on charging stations for trucks and buses to reduce diesel pollution in overburdened communities.

November 15, 2021|

CPUC Advances Building Decarbonization and Utility Safety

The California Public Utilities Commission approved measures to help builders and owners increase the electrification of their homes or other buildings, in part by creating a single application for incentives for both electric heat pumps and water heaters that replace gas-fired ones.  There are $440 million in subsidies.

The CPUC also told the state’s three […]

November 4, 2021|

Distributed Batteries Reach 700+ MW, But Much More Needed

Battery systems installed at California homes and businesses now total 721 megawatts, with roughly 70% percent of them, about 42,000 systems, charged by clean electricity connected to rooftop solar. That’s according to an Oct. 26 report by the California Solar and Storage Association.

The report says collectively the emissions-free systems comprise the largest battery in […]

October 26, 2021|

Subsidies Spurred Small Solar Growth, Focus Shifts to Home Energy Storage

Hundreds of articles have addressed the controversy over how much residential solar rooftop owners should receive for the excess power they send to the grid to continue advancing solar, with utilities long claiming this burdens the solar have nots. But last week, the Energy Commission highlighted something else that’s helped solar advance in the state: the New Solar Home Partnership

October 19, 2021|
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