NewEnergyNews: ORIGINAL REPORTING: Big Decision Due On California Net Metering


Gleanings from the web and the world, condensed for convenience, illustrated for enlightenment, arranged for impact...

The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.


  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Global Leaders Name Climate Crisis World’s Biggest Risk
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-New Energy’s New Storage Options

  • Electricity Rates That Offer Equity

  • Electricity Rates That Offer Equity

  • Weekend Video: Comparing Zero Carbon Energies
  • Weekend Video: Winterizing Texas Wind
  • Weekend Video: Misinformation/Disinformation Against Solar

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-From 2021 To 2022 With The Climate Crisis
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Four New Energy Focuses For 2022
  • --------------------------


    Founding Editor Herman K. Trabish



    Some details about NewEnergyNews and the man behind the curtain: Herman K. Trabish, Agua Dulce, CA., Doctor with my hands, Writer with my head, Student of New Energy and Human Experience with my heart




      A tip of the NewEnergyNews cap to Phillip Garcia for crucial assistance in the design implementation of this site. Thanks, Phillip.


    Pay a visit to the HARRY BOYKOFF page at Basketball Reference, sponsored by NewEnergyNews and Oil In Their Blood.

  • ---------------
  • FRIDAY WORLD, January 14:
  • Global Leaders Name Climate Crisis World’s Biggest Risk
  • New Energy’s New Storage Options

    Wednesday, December 15, 2021

    ORIGINAL REPORTING: Big Decision Due On California Net Metering

    Rooftop Solar Benefits vs. Benefits Remain in Dispute

    Herman K. Trabish, August 18, 2021 (California Current)

    Editor’s note: The commission's proposed decision was released December 13.

    The longstanding question over rooftop solar systems’ costs versus its benefits remained unanswered at the conclusion of testimony given during the California Public Utilities Commission Net Energy Metering 3.0 proceeding.

    Whether it is behind-the-meter solar or system infrastructure, there is a potential cost shift, but there is also value, power system consultant Karl Rabago, and former Texas utility commissioner, said. “Regulators are obligated to determine resources’ value, revenue requirements, and who should bear the cost or whether there is another more cost-effective substitute.”

    The CPUC proceeding “could ask what the most cost-effective resource is for addressing wildfires and serving transmission constrained load pockets,” he added. “The CPUC is doing the analysis the way it has always been done, which will find a cost shift instead of doing an unbiased comprehensive study of distributed resources’ value in meeting California’s reliability and resilience challenge.”

    But imposing costs on customers who don’t have solar installation fails to meet the requirements of the 2013 law, AB 327, which mandated a NEM tariff that is fair to all customers and keeps solar growing, countered Natural Resources Defense Council Climate and Clean Energy Program Senior Scientist Mohit Chhabra.

    The retail NEM rate increases the bills of non-solar owners for the costs of maintaining utility systems while “NEM customers get over-subsidized,” Chhabra said. But according to Thomas Beach, consultant for the Solar Energy Industries Association and Vote Solar, not factored in are cumulative savings and the societal benefits of reduced natural gas generation, like avoided carbon emissions and reduced air pollution. He estimated behind the meter solar local economic benefits at up to $4.3 billion.

    Under today’s NEM, behind-the-meter solar owners are credited with the per-kWh retail rate for the electricity their systems send to their utilities. But that imposes costs on other customers because residential solar customers pay less than utilities’ costs to serve them, the California Public Utility Commission-ordered January 2021 Lookback Study confirmed… click here for more


    Post a Comment

    << Home