CALSEIA Weekly Policy Review – March 30, 2015
NEM Public Tool Released
Last Thursday, the CPUC released a draft version of the NEM Public Tool, the model that will be used to measure the impacts of different proposals for NEM 2.0. Initial results indicate a major bias against solar. A workshop on March 30 will reveal more information and opportunities for comment.
Solar Water Heating and Natural Gas Prices
At the beginning of this year, natural gas utilities began having to buy allowances in the cap and trade program, but how many allowances they will have to pay for in future years remains to be decided. CALSEIA is advocating that they pay for 100% of the allowances so that natural gas rates better reflect the cost of carbon. In data presented to the CPUC last week, this would raise natural gas rates approximately 11%. The utilities want to pay for only 30% of allowances next year. A decision is due out in June.
MASH Rules Coming
The MASH program administrators will release the new version of the Handbook on March 30 with the rules for the next phase of the program. We expect they will open it up to new reservations in June.
New SGIP Ruling
Last Friday, the CPUC issued a ruling calling for input on how to redesign the rules for the Self-Generation Incentive Program by correlating rebates with greenhouse gas emission reductions. This could benefit energy storage, but there is also a risk that an overly complicated methodology could work against storage. It also asked for information on the round trip efficiency of energy storage. Comments are due on April 17.
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