The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is considering a proposal to reform incentives through the self-generation incentive program (SGIP), which have disproportionately gone to one maker of dirty natural gas fuel cells. However, the proposed reform would still allow natural gas technologies to receive incentives. Tell the CPUC that our ratepayer funds should not go to dirty, polluting natural gas technologies, and should support clean energy and storage, instead.
Commissioner Picker’s proposed decision for reform of the SGIP program would establish carve-outs of 10% for renewable generation, 75% for storage, and gradually ratchet down the eligibility of natural gas fuel cells (except for ones using bio-gas). Picker's proposal would also caps the share of incentives that can go to projects of one developer. Picker’s proposal takes the place of an earlier proposal by CPUC staff. The staff proposal had recommended that N.G. fuel cells and biogas fuel cells, along with several other technologies, be removed from the program, and emphasized greenhouse gas reduction as a program goal. Attend the meeting and speak up for incentives that support clean energy and storage, not natural gas.
For more background on the SGIP program and the proposed reforms, see this GreenTech Media article.