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Topeka Skyline at Night -  Weatherguy48 at en.wikipedia, released into public Domain

What Really Happened in Kansas?

Trying to comprehend the Net Metering Wars

By Roy L Hales

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News of Rooftop Solar’s most recent victory reached me on Friday, April 4. The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) issued a press release stating, “Fresh on the heels of recent ALEC defeats in Utah and Washington, the solar industry today declares victory in Kansas. Across the country, many utilities are attacking the solar industry (and the utilities’ own customers) by attempting to eliminate net metering.” Is that what the utilities have been trying to do?
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Sullivan Solar net metering installation

California: CPUC Rules that Existing Solar Arrays are Grandfathered in

By Roy L Hales

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ruled that existing rooftop solar arrays can keep selling electricity to the grid at current rates for 20 years.
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Governor Brown Signs AB 327

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Governor Brown has signed AB 327. Despite the initial solar vs utilities flare-up, the final version of AB 327 was something that most parties on both sides could agree on. One of the passages that many found offensive – authorization for the CPUC to approve a flat rate of up to $10 on all residential customers of California’s biggest utilities, regardless of whether they draw that much power from the grid – remains. The CPUC now has to determine a compensation structure for people whose solar feeds the grid and there are many who argue that the terms of their investments should not be changed mid-stream. Continue reading

California Solar supporters during the AB 327 negotiations - TASC photo

America’s Net Metering War

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There is an undeclared energy battle being waged in America. As installation costs drop, rooftop solar is spreading throughout the US and, while reducing the nation’s carbon footprint, it also cuts into corporate profits. Despite three resounding setbacks, utility companies are fighting to hold on to their monopolies. They are doing this by trying to limit net metering, the cornerstone policy that gives solar customers credit for the excess energy they put back on the grid.  The Alliance of Solar Choice (TASC) says two of the hottest battles are currently being fought in Arizona and Colorado.  This was America’s Net Metering War.
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SunUp Energy Systems project at Tierrasanta Ridge Apartments, San Diego

What Does A Solar Future Without Rebates Look Like?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A recent article in the San Diego Business Journal stated, “Many of the incentive programs that have helped California – and San Diego in particular – lead the nation in solar installation projects are quickly running out. Thanks to the stunning popularity of adding rooftop solar panels to homes and businesses, the incentive programs are being depleted of cash earlier than projected.” Three hundred and seventy-nine of San Diego’s businesses have taken advantage of California Solar Initiative (CSI) rebates to go solar, which makes  San Diego County second only to LA in the total number of applicants. Yet, with the rebates drying up and the impact of Bill AB 327 still unknown, the author said there is a danger that “the solar rooftop market (could come) to a screeching halt.” This opinion is not shared by everyone in the industry.
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California’s state capital – Pete Bob, courtesy Wikipedia Commons

California Legislature passes Solar Bills

Published in Solar Reviews

By Chris Meehan

In the waning hours of California’s legislative session, the state’s lawmakers have passed two solar bills, one that will change electric rate structures in California as well as remove the cap on net-metering, the other will allow Californians to purchase renewable energy from their energy utility.
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Supervisor Dianne Jacob speaking at Protest outside Sempra Energy - Photo Courtesy Supervisor Jacob's Office

To Stop SDG&E From Charging Even More; The Protest At Sempra Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A group of Local elected officials, environmentalists and activists gathered on the steps of Sempra Energy’s headquarters, at 11:00 am, on Thursday. They came to protest Assembly Bill 327 (AB 327), which is backed by California’s investor-owned utilities, and were calling on the California Senate to change this bill so that it protects solar homeowners, the solar business, and schools. The group has launched a petition site (www.saveoursolar.com) which targets State Senators, urging them to kill the bill unless it is amended. SDG&E claims the present rate structure is not fair, some customers “pay 20 percent less than the cost to serve them, while customers in the top two tiers pay 50 percent more than their share.” Continue reading

from video “Edison hates rooftop solar“

Are California’s Utilities “Buying” Votes?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Almost 38% of the votes cast in favor of AB 327 last month came from Assembly Members who list “electric utilities” among their top ten campaign contributors.That is a lot of money and it is worth noting that these were not the only “yes” votes that received money.
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