Over 100 California city, county government leaders ask CPUC to reject new solar fees

Cities and counties from across California are urging the CPUC and Gov. Gavin Newsom urges to reject the new solar charges proposed by utilities to the California Public Utilities Commission. More than two dozen city councils, 43 mayors and 40 city or county councilors from across the Golden State have signed up to support the protection of the solar industry and oppose the attempt by utility companies to impose a solar tax and to lower the net meter credit for California consumers.

The CPUC closed a public response to its proposal for Net Energy Metering (NEM) on Friday, July 1. Evidence shows that several municipal leaders, mayors, city and government councils and official city resolutions have weighed in on citing rising inflation, local climate impact and solar industry growth in their advocacy of continuing rooftop solar.

Despite the overwhelming popularity of rooftop solar and grid meters in California, the CPUC is considering a proposed decision to introduce a monthly solar penalty while reducing the credit consumers receive for their excess solar energy. .

“The CPUC and Governor Newsom need to listen to what local leaders in our state clearly want on behalf of their constituents: more local solar power and batteries,” said Dave Rosenfeld, executive director of the Solar Rights Alliance. “This statewide solar tax would destroy the momentum that these California communities have so successfully harnessed.”

The comments will be considered by the CPUC before the commissioners vote on the proposal, which could come as early as the end of July.

“The Oakland City Council is supporting the protection and expansion of rooftop solar through a strongly tracking NEM rate and expanding access to clean energy by making it easier and less expensive for people to use rooftop solar and related energy storage.” — a note from the Oakland City Council.

The more than 100 additional city and county governments and local elected officials supporting rooftop solar include:

  • City of San Diego
  • City of Berkeley
  • City of Imperial Beach
  • City of Richmond
  • City of Sevastopol
  • City of Solana Beach
  • City of Encinitas
  • City of El Cerrito
  • City of Palm Springs
  • City of Desert Hot Springs
  • City of Hayward
  • City of Hawthorne
  • City of Fairfax
  • City of Indian Wells
  • City of Palm Desert
  • County of Los Angeles
  • Coachella Valley Association of Governments
  • Diablo Water District
  • Board of Trustees of Santa Cruz County
  • Board of Trustees of Mendocino County
  • Alan Nagy, Mayor, City of Newark
  • Alma Beltran, Mayor, Parlier
  • Ann Schneider, Mayor, Millbrae
  • Bruce Ackerman, Mayor, Fairfax
  • Barbara Halliday, Mayor, Hayward
  • Charles Stone, Mayor, Belmont
  • Claudia Bill-de la Peña, Mayor, Thousand Oaks
  • Christy Gilbert Holstege, Esq., Mayor, Palm Springs
  • Daniel Lee, Vice Mayor, Culver City
  • Darrell Steinberg, Mayor, Sacramento
  • Drew Boyles, mayor, the second
  • Eli Beckman, Mayor, Cut Wood
  • Emmanuel Estrada, Major, Baldwin Park
  • Jaime Tarne, Mayor, Etna
  • James Campbell, Mayor, Belvedere
  • Jerry Dyer, Mayor, Fresno
  • Jesse Arreguin, Major, Berkeley
  • Kathy Ward, Mayor, San Clemente
  • Libby Schaaf, Mayor, Oakland
  • Mary Casillas Salas, Mayor, City of Chula Vista
  • Maryann Moses Derwin, Mayor, Portola Valley
  • Norma Martinez-Rubin, Senior, City of Pinole
  • Pat Furey, Mayor, Torrance
  • Pauline Cutter, Mayor, San Leandro
  • Paul Fadelli, Major, El Cerrito
  • Robert Brownstone, Mayor, Half Moon Bay
  • Ronald Kott, Major, Rio Vista
  • Sam Liccardo, Sr., St. Joseph
  • Serge Dedina, Mayor, Imperial Beach
  • Sophia Rubalcava, Senior, City of Ventura
  • Steve Young, Mayor, Benicia
  • Steven Vargas, Mayor, Brea
  • Teresa Barrett, Mayor, Petaluma
  • Terry Gaasterland, Mayor, Municipality of Del Mar
  • Vicente Sarmiento, Mayor, Santa Ana
  • Artemio Villegas, Mayor Pro Tem City Council #6, Wood
  • Bobby Duncan, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Yucaipa
  • Gabriel Quinto, Senior Pro Tem, El Cerrito
  • Victor Aguilar, Vice Major, San Leandro
  • Wes Speake, Vice Mayor, Corona
  • Paul Grisanti, Major, Malibu
  • Shawn Kumagai, Vice Mayor, City of Dublin
  • San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson
  • Alexandre Monteiro, Councilor, City of Hawthorne
  • Alison Hicks, Councilor, Mountain View City
  • Bill Baber, City Councillor, La Mesa
  • Chris Duncan, City Councillor, San Clemente
  • Claudia Jimenez, City Councillor, Richmond
  • Corina Lopez, Councilor, San Leandro
  • Dan Kalb, City Councillor, Oakland
  • David Cohen, Councilman, San Jose
  • Dennis Pocekay, Councilor, Petaluma City
  • Devin Murphy, City Councillor, Pinole City
  • Ed Hernandez, Former Councilor, San Leandro
  • Eddie Alvarez, Councilor, Santa Rosa
  • Gayle McLaughlin, Councilor, Richmond City
  • J Francisco Zermeño C, Councilor, Hayward Municipality
  • James Coleman, Councilor, City of South San Francisco
  • Jenny Kenoyer, Councilor, Modesto
  • Joe Patterson, City Councillor, City of Rocklin
  • John Friedrich, City Councillor, South Lake Tahoe
  • Jon Willey, City Councillor, Cupertino
  • Justin Massey, City Councillor, Hermosa Beach
  • Kate Harrison, Councilor, Berkeley City
  • Loren Taylor, Councilor, City of Oakland
  • Nelida Mendoza, Councilor, Santa Ana
  • Nithya Raman, City Councillor, Los Angeles
  • Priya Bhat-Patel, Councillor, Carlsbad
  • Raul Campillo, Councilman, San Diego
  • Salvador Solorio-Ruiz, Councilor, Municipality of Delano
  • Sally Lieber, Councillor, Mountain View
  • Susan Wengraf, Councilor, Berkeley City
  • Tony Goodwin, City Councillor, City of Modesto
  • Tony Madrigal, District 2 Councillor, Modesto City
  • Valerie Arkin, Councilor, Pleasanton Municipality
  • Chris Ricci, Councilor, District 3, Modesto
  • Gregory RAths, Councilor, Mission Viejo
  • Greg Bradley, Treasurer, Upland
  • Christian Dinco, Councillor, Eastvale
  • Myrna Melgar, Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Candace Andersen, Supervisor, Contra Costa County Board of Trustees
  • Debra Lucero, Butte County Supervisor – District 2, Chico
  • John Hidahl, El Dorado County District 1 Supervisor, Placerville
  • Otto Leem, Supervisor, Santa Clara County, San Jose
  • Keith Corum, Supervisor, Glenn County, District 4
  • Jim Provenza, Chairman, Yolo County Supervisors

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