The California Public Utilities Commission released its long-awaited revised proposal on costs to be imposed on small rooftop energy systems and lowered payments for exported power to protect the solar have nots. The latest Net Energy Metering plan does not include a fixed monthly fee for solar unit owners but decreases payments for excess solar sent to the grid, all with the stated intention of continuing the growth of distributed solar, encouraging the addition of battery storage and promoting equity.
A Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report finds that solar rooftops are appearing more on low income and medium income homes. In spite of the progress to date, installations still skew to the well to do and whites in and outside the state.
California voters, unlike ones in New York who approved $4.2 B in climate and environmental protection bonds, voted down the Golden State’s sole climate protection measure. Slightly more than 59% of the voters shot down Proposition 30 that would have raised billions of dollars to subsidize costly electric vehicle purchases and chargers to promote the electrification of transportation from a small tax increase on millionaires.
The state grid operator reveals in a report on the 10-day heat storm that average daily power costs in September soared to $100 million. Those costs exceed daily energy prices of previous summer months and seasons.