We have good news and bad news to report on Assembly Bill 327. First the bad news: AB327 passed off the Senate floor today without inclusion of our requested amendments. The bill will now go back to the Assembly for a concurrence vote, which is widely expected to pass. From there it will go to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Unfortunately, the specific amendments we fought for were not added to the bill and therefore solar customers will lose some of their existing legal protections.
Not all is lost, here is the good news:
In summary, this bill has both good and bad components to it. Net-metered customers may be targeted with new fees but the Commission is given direction to continue to grow the market and therefore is unlikely to allow the utilities to wipe out the solar savings net-metered customers enjoy Customer generators will ultimately be transitioned to new rate tariffs, we will continue our fight at the CPUC to ensure the rules are equitable.
The groundswell of support from the petition signers, renewable energy advocates, environmental justice groups, schools, and others who spoke out meaningfully changed the direction of this bill. We thank you for your support and activism. While we did not get everything we wanted, material improvement came from the pressure we exerted.
The battle will continue on other fronts, and we fully expect to solicit your support again to beat back utility efforts to undermine our solar future. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we have your email address.
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We are going to move this state towards clean energy whether the utilities like it or not. Onward!