CPUC Turns Back Big Utilities' Demands To Increase The Price Of Solar Power
The big electric companies in two of California’s neighboring states – Nevada and Arizona – convinced utility regulators and elected officials in both states to make solar power less competitive by tacking on a number of rate surcharges, grid access fees, and extra taxes to homeowners and businesses who want to install solar power. That means that in Nevada and Arizona, new solar power systems wont be saving users much money at all compared to standard electricity rates. The California Public Utilities Commission decided to respond differently than our neighbors did to the big utilities' requests to slow the growth of solar. KVCR's Matt Guilhem explains last week's PUC ruling, and why it's considered a big win for rooftop solar in our state.