CALSEIA Weekly Policy Review – March 2, 2015
Last week in the NEM 2.0 proceeding at the CPUC, the administrative law judge released a list of policy questions that will form the first discussion on the record of what parties want to see in the “successor tariff.” Responses are due on March 16, so everybody will be scrambling over the next two weeks to build the case for their preferred outcomes.
You can bet that utilities will do everything they can to characterize net metering as a subsidy and make the price tag high. Solar allies will demonstrate the fairness of net metering when all benefits are included.
One of the key questions is how to define “sustainable growth,” since AB 327 requires that the successor to the current net metering structure ensures that solar “continues to grow sustainably.” We need to make sure that provision is given full attention.
Cap and Trade Funding
CALSEIA submitted comments on Friday on the inclusion of natural gas utilities in the state’s Cap and Trade Program. Utilities do not want to pay for all of their carbon allowances, yet doing so will send the price signal that was intended by the legislation. Some portion of funds should also be reserved for programs that reduce natural gas consumption through solar water heating and other technologies, rather than giving all of the money to ratepayers in the form of the Climate Credit.
SDG&E TOU Periods
CALSEIA filed its reply brief on Thursday in SDG&E’s rate case in which they are seeking to move the on-peak period later in the day. After testimony, hearings, and briefs, the record is now closed and we await a proposed decision. We are pushing for solar-friendly rate schedules to remain available.
The CSI-Thermal program administrators issued proposed changes to the Handbook last week to incorporate the CALSEIA petition for modification, which the CPUC granted in full. Changes to the rebate calculator will take more time, but the higher incentive levels are in effect.
For information on other regulatory issues CALSEIA is involved in, see our Quarterly Regulatory Update or email firstname.lastname@example.org.