Solar industry, utilities clash over ...

Solar industry, utilities clash over proposal to change the way "net metering is calculated

There are 1 comment on the LA Daily News story from May 10, 2012, titled Solar industry, utilities clash over proposal to change the way "net metering is calculated. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

A proposal by California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey to change the way that "net metering" is calculated is the latest skirmish in the war between the state's largest utilities and the fast-growing rooftop solar industry.

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Yucca Valley, CA

#1 May 13, 2012
""PG&E is a strong supporter of solar," said David Rubin, director of service analysis for PG&E. "Now is the time to come up with an appropriate successor to the current form of net metering, one that is fair for solar customers as well as all of our other customers, who are supporting the solar customers through the rates they pay. The recent decline in solar prices gives us a great opportunity to reduce the subsidies that all of our customers currently provide to those that are installing solar.""

Yeah. Riiigggghhhttt! If customer savings was the TRUE issue, PG&E would have not implemented tiered electric rates. With every solar PV installation on one's home, PG&E doesn't have to file an EIR, hold public hearings, file with the CPUC, defend a project from law suits, install new power corridors or maintain the PV system. The homeowner/generator sends extra power back into the grid where it will be used by neighbors. Since the power passes through the neighbors meter, they pay PG&E the tiered rate and PG&E doesn't have to put more power generation online. Rubin cares about fair? Really, REALLY!

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