Solar and Storage Industry Reacts to Revised Net Metering Proposal in California
Thursday, Nov 10 2022
SACRAMENTO and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a revised proposal to change the state’s net metering rules. The proposal replaces retail rate compensation with a net billing structure for new solar and storage customers.
Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on the proposal:
“Maintaining a strong distributed solar and storage market is critical to California’s clean energy future. The CPUC rightly rejected proposals to impose unprecedented grid access fees on new solar and storage customers. However, additional work is needed to ensure a more gradual transition to net billing so that all Californians, including schools, farms and low-income residents can adopt solar and storage.
“Congress just passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which is the largest clean energy investment in our nation’s history. Our progress now depends on states taking the baton and advancing policies to rapidly deploy clean energy and decarbonize the grid. California should be at the front of the pack.
“Distributed solar and storage projects help to strengthen the grid and boost community resilience, which will only help communities that are already bearing the brunt of climate change. SEIA will continue to advocate for solutions that benefit all ratepayers and properly account for the value of solar and storage to the grid.”
The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy, creating the framework for solar to achieve 30% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies and other strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power. Founded in 1974, SEIA is the national trade association for the solar and solar + storage industries, building a comprehensive vision for the Solar+ Decade through research, education and advocacy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org and follow @SEIA on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Morgan Lyons, SEIA's Director of Communications, [email protected] (202) 556-2872