Wednesday, June 24, 2009

PG&E "A Champion Of Solar Within California" _ Hardly PG&E Shows It's True Colors Again. Green Yes, But Not What Your Thinking_Green Earl


Solar, Wind, Bio, Energy News And Commentary By_Green Earl, 30 year Pioneer In Conservation & Solar Energy

The author of the preface below, calls PG&E "A Champion Of Solar
In California.."Never forget PG&E, even now, when they lead the
nations utility companies in their own solar a
utility company, who is just taking advantage of the big buck,
now that it's here in credits and rebates. If anything they held
California's conservation and solar industry back thirty years.

Don't make me puke, That's Like Calling BP Oil and Gas A Champion
For Solar.BP is an oil and gas company. They make solar electric
panels, or did once, but they are an oil and gas company..right
now, running ads to remind you there is oil out there along
California's coast...Drill Baby Drill..

So now there are a couple of more things you can count on
besides just Death and Taxes...These companies...These
Hyena's and Jackals Will Never Change Their Spots...

I don't care how many warm and fuzzy tv ads you see of PG&E
reps in the classroom. The only Californian PG&E cares for
are Californian's that own PG&E Stock, and they've been know
to send those folks down the river too...if it suited their
needs._Green Earl

Two bills that would improve the affordability and accessibility of solar in California have met with opposition from an unexpected quarter: Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), a utility company that has previously been a champion of solar within the state. The utility, in fact, manages the impressive and complicated state-wide California Solar Initiative solar PV rebate program. Everyone knew the bills under consideration would displease utilities state-wide, but outright opposition took the bills’ supporters by surprise, it seems.

The two bills would change California’s approach to net metering (get some background on net metering in California and one of the bills by reading my first post on the topic, here). AB 560 would effectively force utilities to extend net metering payments for years and years to come. AB 920 would make utilities responsible for compensating consumers for all net excess generation (NEG) by lifting the current one year “expiration date” on net metering credits.

The Mercury News reports:

Put simply, PG&E’s objection is that the two measures would make solar too popular. The utility says that would be unfair to its non-solar customers, who under existing law must subsidize rebates and credits paid to solar-power users.

But some supporters of the bills say PG&E’s real worry is about its own financial burden, since it sells less electricity to solar-power users.”The big picture, unfortunately — and counter to their public image — is that PG&E doesn’t like the idea of an unbridled solar market,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, director of clean energy programs at Environment California, a nonprofit statewide environmental group and sponsor of Assembly Bill 920. “Unfortunately, the business model doesn’t yet allow for a market in which customers generate their own electricity.”

This latter point is the crux of the problem. Utilities are required to meet government-mandated minimums renewable energy available in their portfolio. In order to do this, they need to make solar an attractive financial proposition for both residential and commercial consumers. The utilities do benefit by the simple expedient of not having to supply the kilowatt-hours now being produced instead by consumers’ renewable energy systems. This saves on both production and distribution costs. But what happens when so many customers are providing their own energy that the utility is no longer selling enough electricity to make a profit? For all the utility industry’s hype about this scenario, it’s surely a long way off–yet it is a valid point.

What do you think, readers? Do utilities have a responsibility to make solar affordable at the cost of their own profit?

Before the banks, health care, before the car companies...
these big power brokers and their lobby are the real
challenge to alternative and renewable energy success
in California and the nation, and must be dealt with.

I'm for taking them over, checking all their books and
records, then hunting them all down like war criminals.

Solar and utility profits: the great debate


American Energy Conservation Group said...

Sorry I left out SMUT and a few dozen other PG&E wanta-bees.

Utility Companies, feel free to
answer to the charges here...

Silence. Nothing but those humming
power lines overhead.

American Energy Conservation Group said...

I also feel it's time a non profit take over the state by state solar rebates offered, that all of California Utilities, Privately owned or not, offer a regulated
conservation, solar, and wind rebate and that some on else dictates the amounts, the budget and makes the payments. Let the existing utility companies do what they do best, collect the money from their rate payers._Green Earl

Anonymous said...

What is the status of AB920 in the Senate right now?

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