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  •  Sure hope this doesn't turn out like a prop 13.. (0+ / 0-)

    ..Bill. 30 years down the road the "flatter rates" that benefit commercial over residential problem.

    ..restructuring rates to favor Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric. AB 327, which was basically written by lobbyists for Big Energy, seeks to lower the amount high-end users pay for kilowatt electricity by increasing the amount the majority of us pay.
    Although fixes look good there are questions about the future:
    AB 327: From California Solar Killer to Net Metering Savior?
    However, this new language also appears to give the CPUC the ability to change those contracts to fit whatever new regime is set up, with this sentence:

    “Any rules adopted by the commission shall consider a reasonable expected payback period based on the year the customer initially took service under the tariff or contract authorized by Section 2827."
    That's problematic on a number of levels, Del Chiaro said. First off, “There’s a precedent of a state government retroactively changing the terms of a contract already signed. That’s going to send major chills through the market, and the finance market in particular,” she said.

    Secondly, "Nobody knows what 'reasonable payback period' means," she said. For example, there's the possibility that regulators could decide that this means simply creating contracts that allow customers to pay off the costs of their solar system over its lifespan, rather than allowing them to reap financial rewards beyond that payback.

    Good news if it promotes homeowner producers
    Of course, there’s a lot more to AB 327 that the solar industry still isn’t happy about -- including the original rate change language that has had solar advocates up in arms against the bill for the past few months.
    And hope that diversification of energy sources takes off without Big enegy corporations doing what they do.

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