New CPUC proposed decision on NEM 3.0 expected by September 29

After many months of protests in the solar industry, the California Solar & Storage Association (CALSSA) expects the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to announce its proposed decision on net metering in the State of California on or before September 29. CPUC continues to measure net meters, a new proposed decision is expected to be released on or before September 29, 2022. The timeline for the new proposed decision is not expected to be changed by a recent procedural ruling extension of the legal deadline for the general procedure.

The CPUC issued an initial proposal in December 2021 that would have added new grid usage rates and shifted to a net billing structure, which would have resulted in lower incentives for rooftop solar customers. In February 2022, after protests from solar supporters, new committee chair Alice Reynolds asked for more time to analyze the record and consider revisions to the proposed decision on NEM 3.0. A public comment period followed in May 2022 and CALSSA staged protests to continue advocating against new solar tariffs.

Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of CALSSA, issued the following written statement regarding the expected deadline for the proposed decision:

“Solar consumers, green workers, affordable housing advocates, climate activists and all kinds of clean energy advocates are eagerly awaiting a new proposal from the CPUC. It can’t be brushed aside fast enough to get rid of unpopular and bad utility ideas like a solar tax or drastically cutting net meter credits. With the vital contribution of rooftop solar to achieving California’s clean energy goals, the promise of battery storage for grid reliabilityand new federal incentives to start using solar energy, now is not the time to slow down California’s progress by making solar energy unaffordable. Instead, we need to maintain our momentum to make affordable solar and rooftop energy storage available to more consumers. “

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