Distributed-Generation Advocacy

Distributed generation (DG) technologies like stationary fuel cells and solar photovoltaic systems don’t require large amounts of land or new transmission lines, and enjoy relatively fast licensing and construction times. “Infill” projects of 3 – 20 MW capacity have ample siting opportunities in our region, and spark much less environmentalist opposition than larger plants. CEERT is working on critical grid-capacity and interconnection issues that could limit how much DG can be installed, and on renewable DG incentives like an expanded feed-in tariff.

Recent Developments:

Negotiations have been continuing on AB 327 by Assemblymember Perea, which would authorize the CPUC to levy a monthly charge (not to exceed $10 per month) on all customers, including small users and solar net-metered customers. At the request of the Governor’s office, the legislation also includes statutory authorization for the CPUC decision last year to administratively expand the statewide cap on solar net metering, protections for existing solar net-metered customers from retroactive changes in their rates, and a phase-in of time-of-use pricing.

The legislation also clarifies that the 33% requirement in the RPS statute is a floor and not a ceiling, and authorizes the CPUC to require utilities to procure additional renewables beyond 33%.