24 May '12, 7pm

Huge Win For California Solar: CPUC Keeps Net Energy Metering Alive: A fight over the future of net energy

Huge Win For California Solar: CPUC Keeps Net Energy Metering Alive: A fight over the future of net energy

A fight over the future of net energy metering (NEM) in California was resolved by a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) May 24 decision on the arcane question of how to define the NEM cap. The definition of the cap had become a battleground over NEM pitting Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) against renewables advocates. Following speeches in which they noted the many economic benefits to California from renewables, the commissioners voted unanimously against the IOUs and in favor of a definition of the NEM cap that will allow for much more distributed generation (DG) going forward. “This is a big, big win,” said Mainstream Energy Director of Government Affairs Ben Higgins. Like 43 other states, California has a NEM program that allows owners of DG systems of up to one megawatt in capacity, like small wind turbines, combined heat and power systems and rooftop solar...

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