Posted by: jbarnesca | June 4, 2012

SB 32 Final Ruling After 3 Years of CPUC Work

During the last few days the final CPUC commissioner’s decision on SB 32 and the changes to Utilities Code section 399.2 were published.

The SB 32 legislative program changes for the previous FIT legislation of AB 1969(which created the CREST program in SCE territory for instance) was touted since it’s passage in September 2008 as being a program to spur development of distributed solar in the 1-3MWac range.

There were several "surprises" in this final version once again to the benefit of the desires of the Utilities.

For instance:

  • divide up the capacity by 24 for a implementation over two years
  • allow the utilities to suspend the program if they thought there was gaming
  • if the transmission charge is >$300,000 the project does not quality

I could go on an on but not for the moment, so read and try to understand how this promise of a great program could be so compromised.

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