CALSEIA Issues California Net-Metering Update (Solar Industry Magazine)
Net-energy metering (NEM) has been a cornerstone of the California solar market since 1996. It allows a solar customer's meter to spin backward, giving customers credit at full retail rates when they are feeding power into the electric grid. Customers pay only for their net usage of electricity from the utility.
Under state legislation passed in 2013 (A.B.327), the current net-metering rules for solar customers will end soon. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is reviewing the rules to determine if the new version of net metering (known as NEM 2.0) should be the same as the current structure or if changes need to be made. The commission has a deadline to create the new rules by December of this year. It issued a memo on Jan. 23 updating the scope and timeline of the proceeding.
Monday, January 26, 2015 10:00 AM
Hawaii utility seeks end to popular rooftop solar incentive; does it signal industry's future? (Environment & Energy Publishing)
As soon as the end of this month in California, there could be a draft formula for measuring costs and benefits of rooftop solar, said Brad Heavner, policy director for the California Solar Energy Industries Association. The California Public Utilities Commission last March voted to protect the current version of net energy metering for two decades for those with solar installed by July 2017. But the agency also is overseeing a rewrite of future incentives.
Solar Gold Rush in San Diego: Rules for Solar Changing (Alternative Energy Magazine)
"The period for going solar under the current net metering rules could end for SDG&E customers by December or even earlier, depending on how many people install solar this year," said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA).
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 10:00 AM
How will the state get 50% of its energy from 'renewable resources' by 2050? (Grand Forks Herald)
"That's the million-dollar question right now: What does this new policy framework look like, how much do we draw from the past, how much do we re-create for the future?" said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association.