Save Central Coast Solar
Save Central Coast Solar
RE: 3CE & Utility Proposed Solar Rate Changes
Central Coast Community Energy (3CE), your local energy provider, and the IOUs are both taking steps to increase the costs for homeowners and businesses that install solar panels, storage and microgrids.
- To not change its solar rates until after the IOUs’ solar rates are set this year,
- To keep its commitment to beat the IOUs’ state mandated rates for solar customers, and
- To support local customer owned solar, storage and microgrids in 3CE territory.
Please help Protect 3CE Customers' Rights to Go Solar by signing this petition:
Dear 3CE Board Member,
California is a solar leader. We are asking you to make it easier, not harder, for more people in 3CE territory to go solar, to meet 3CE’s bold commitments to clean energy and to maximize the public benefits of our area’s transition to clean energy.
3CE rates for solar customers must be better than IOUs’ rates. When 3CE launched service in 2018, it committed to providing solar customers rates based on the existing CCE program rate structure of mirroring the investor-owned utility’s (IOUs) rates and then applying a discount inclusive of relevant fees. 3CE’s proposal to no longer commit to providing solar customers with better rates than the IOUs must be stopped.
Utilities are lobbying you, your organizations and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to discourage distributed customer-sited solar by attacking rate terms for solar customers known as “net energy metering” (NEM). NEM disrupts the utility monopoly and hurts their profits by allowing renters, schools, homeowners, farmers and others to use the sun for their own energy needs and to share it with their neighbors in exchange for a bill credit. NEM is what makes the economics of distributed solar possible.
This simple, groundbreaking policy has helped over a million Californians invest in solar. It should be expanded, not destroyed, to help us get to 100% clean energy as soon as possible. The CPUC is set to review and establish new NEM rates for solar customers this year, and 3CE is trying to change its solar rates before then.
3CE should not change its solar rates until after the CPUC determines the IOUs’ new NEM rates. The CPUC establishes rate making for solar with input from solar experts, utilities and other interested parties in a process governed by state law. This CPUC process must occur before 3CE changes its rates for solar customers.
CCA’s are not bound to the same rate making restrictions for solar as the IOUs, so it is up to you to protect solar in 3CE. The IOUs, like PG&E and So Cal Edison, are bound by legal requirements with respect to NEM, as follows:
- Ensure that solar continues to grow sustainably
- Include specific alternatives designed for growth among residential customers in disadvantaged communities
- Ensure that NEM is based on the costs and benefits of the generation facility
- Ensure that the total benefits are approximately equal to the total costs
Any 3CE solar rate changes must be better than the IOUs’ to encourage local renewable energy projects. As a local, nonprofit organization whose charter includes a commitment to local distributed solar, 3CE should maintain its commitment to be better than the IOUs.
Consumers are watching and counting on you to take our side. Please stand up to the utilities and the dirty energy lobby by keeping distributed solar growing in 3CE.
P.S. Please also sign the Save California Solar petition to fight the IOUs’ attack of NEM in California