Net Metering Will Shift $1.1 Billion to Non-Solar Customers in California, Says Public Utilities Com

September 27, 2013

An article in today’s San Jose Mercury News details a recent report that estimates California’s net metering policy could cost the state’s non-solar customers $1.1 billion a year by 2020. APS has been actively advocating for changes to Arizona’s net metering policy based on similar cost fairness issues.

The article cites the ”California Net Energy Metering Evaluation” study which was released yesterday by the California Public Utilities Commission. The study is expected to play an important role in shaping net metering discussions among California’s energy regulators.

The article quotes Marcel Hawiger, a representative of TURN (The Utility Reform Network), who stresses that California’s net metering policy is not a workable one for the long-term.

“There’s no question that there’s a subsidy to solar customers,” Hawiger says in the article. “Net metering was a policy designed to jump-start the solar industry in California, but it’s not a sustainable policy.”