The future of local renewable energy in California is seriously being challenged by the investor-owned utilities. Attend the CPUC meeting on December 17th and speak up to protect your right to go solar and lower your electric bills, and your city or town's ability to make energy decisions locally through a community choice program.
UPDATE: CPUC staff have issued a "proposed decision" on net metering that would preserve the most important elements of the current program. We still need to show up at CPUC on this issue, and encourage the CPUC to adopt the proposed decision!
See here for talking points on rooftop solar, community choice energy, and bonus(if time available), Aliso Canyon.
At their meeting at 12/17, the California Public Utilities Commission(CPUC) will consider a proposal to increase the "exit fees" paid by community choice energy programs to the utilities. This increase in fees would make it extremely difficult for community choice energy programs to compete with the investor owned utilities. Community choice energy programs are a key part of scaling up renewable energy quickly in the state, and we must ensure that they have a level playing field.
Whether or not you can attend the meeting, take a moment to send a letter on this issue to the CPUC here. You can personalize the letter to add your own voice. This article in the Marin Independent Journal explains the importance of fighting the increase in the exit fees and, towards the end, why the net metering issue is so important, also explained below.
It's also likely that before this meeting, the CPUC will release their "proposed decision" on the new form of the net metering program, which would take effect next year. The utilities have proposed a program that would significantly reduce the amount that customers with rooftop solar are paid for the energy they produce, and that would make it almost impossible for customers to "zero out" their energy bills, as they can now. This meeting will provide an opportunity, at the beginning, for public comment, and will be an important opportunity to speak up in support of clean energy, through community choice programs and fair compensation for rooftop solar.
If you haven't already, you can sign our petition on the net metering issue here.
350 Bay Area is one of a small handful of grassroots groups that have registered and been granted "party status" in order to submit official comments in the net metering proceeding. (Note: Because of the CPUC's regulations, 350 Bay Area cannot give oral comments on the net metering issue as an organization during the meeting. So please identify yourself as an individual, and not as a representative of 350 BA, if you speak on the net metering topic.)
You can sign up in advance to speak at this link, or sign up in person at the meeting. If you are planning to speak, arrive at the meeting early to check in, whether or not you've signed up in advance.
LEAN(the Local Energy Aggregation Network) is holding a press conference before the meeting at 8:30am. Show up at the press conference and be visible--the more people who attend, the more likely the media will cover this important issue.
If you use Facebook, please invite your contacts to the Facebook event here.
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