The California Public Utilities Commission(CPUC) is considering a proposal to adopt a residential rate structure backed by utilities that would undermine solar and energy efficiency. The proposal would allow utilities to implement a fixed charge of up to $10 per month, reducing the incentive to save energy or install solar.
Commissioner Peter Florio has made an alternative proposal that would maintain the general form of the existing tiered rate structure and implement a minimum bill, instead of a fixed charge, to allow utilities to recover costs associated with maintaining the grid, without penalizing conservation.
What You Can Do
Submit written comments to the CPUC up until 6/25--with the Sierra Club action alert or through email(mention Rulemaking 12-06-013) to email@example.com.
The proposal to add a $10 fixed charge and collapse tiers would have the impact of discouraging rooftop solar and energy efficiency measures.
The proposal is regressive and hurts low energy users and families that have invested in climate solutions like energy efficiency.
On the Sierra Club blog, Alison Seel gives an informative run-down of Florio's proposal.
Attend the Meeting on Thurs, 6/25
Speak up in favor of Florio's alternate proposal if you can. You can sign up here in advance to speak at the meeting, or sign up the day of.
505 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94102
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