Solar advocates maintain the so-called “cost shift” issue is overstated. The national trade group Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), reacting to today’s PUC action, said “there is wide disagreement on the issues related to the cost shift between solar and non-solar customers. SEIA looks forward to working with stakeholders on the study of costs and benefits, and believes the study will report these costs as minimal.”
And one of the benefits, the California PUC believes, is a growing solar industry in the state – a bright spot in an economy beset with high unemployment.
“Solar energy provides a clean, renewable source of electricity for California homes and businesses,” CPUC President Michael R. Peevey said. “NEM is critical to the ongoing success of California’s solar industry, which employs thousands of workers across the state. Today’s decision ensures that the solar industry will continue to thrive for years to come, and we are fully committed to developing a long-term solution that secures the future of the industry in California.”