Solar installer carries a solar panel during an installation at a home in Ladera Ranch. (Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has delayed deciding on changes to solar net metering in the state.

A decision on the proposed changes, which have caused a backlash from solar advocates, has not been included in the CPUC’s voting meeting agenda on February 10.

CPUC presented its Net Energy Metering 3.0 (NEM 3.0) proposal in December 2021.

It includes a significant reduction to the credit solar homes receive for power exported to the grid and a fixed charge of USD $8 per kW of installed solar per month.

Wood Mackenzie recently projected that the NEM 3.0 proposal would cut the California solar residential market in half by 2024.

Commenting on the indefinite delay, the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) vice president of state and regulatory affairs Sean Gallagher said the proposed decision never made sense for a number of reasons.

“It would have compromised the reliability of California’s electricity delivery system, harmed California’s effort to tackle climate change and cut jobs and economic opportunities for all Californians,” commented Gallagher.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the California Public Utilities Commission as it considers any changes to net metering,” Gallagher also said.

Affordable Clean Energy for All, a coalition that includes utilities, meanwhile this week said CPUC’s proposed decision takes steps towards reducing unfair cost burden on customers without rooftop solar but falls short of ensuring equity among customers.

This article was written by the team at Renewables Now.
It’s published here via partnership.

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