The California Public Utilities Commission is considering changes to their Net Metering program. That’s where people who have Bio Gas, Fuel Cell or Solar Power can sell their excess electricity back to the power companies. Nevada County Supervisor Hank Weston has requested a letter of support from the county to the CPUC to expand Net Energy Metering instead of moving the opposite direction as is proposed by the state’s big three investor-owned utilities, PG and E, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric.
Supervisor Weston says he has solar on his own house and has reaped the cost savings benefit of Net Metering.
Weston says last year over 300 solar applications were put on county roof tops and there are about 9 major solar companies in the county. What the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC is considering could change their profitability.
Weston’s letter says Net Metering is one of the most attractive reasons to put solar on your home and makes it substantially more affordable. Weston says, If this goes away it would discourage homeowners from installing solar energy systems. Under Assembly Bill 327 signed into law in 2013, the CPUC has until the end of 2015 to reevaluate and redefine Net Energy Metering.