New CPUC Rule Puts the Dimmer on Solar Power

November 2022

San Francisco Examiner

Faculty Director Severin Borenstein discusses the new CPUC policy and solar power in the San Francisco Examiner article.

“Basically, explained Borenstein, those who have solar panels tend to be wealthy homeowners, who use the credits to shave their electricity bills down, sometimes to less than zero, while continuing to use the grid at night. That makes energy more expensive for everyone else — especially given the rising costs of maintaining grid infrastructure amid climate effects like higher temperatures and increasing wildfires.

“Somebody still has to pay for the grid — somebody still has to pay for wildfire management, for energy efficiency programs, for the low-income programs,” he said. “All of that stuff is paid for through rates.””


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