Save Rooftop Solar

Earlier this week the California Public Utility Committee proposed a rule change that could devestate rooftop solar. The new rule, NEM3.0, would assess a monthly solar penalty fee to all solar and storage customers, slash net metering credit by 80% and reduce the agreed upon billing structure for existing solar customers. Today, participants had one minute to voice their response at the CPUC meeting. Here is my statement:

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Sander Kushen
Public Health Advocate, CALPIRG
Sander Kushen

Author: Sander Kushen

Public Health Advocate, CALPIRG

Started on staff: 2019
B.A., Dartmouth College

Sander is based in Sacramento and works with California decision-makers, the media, and coalition partners to further CALPIRG’s legislative priorities. He represents CALPIRG members across the state in efforts to protect public health and consumer interests. Previously, Sander worked for two years with CALPIRG Students as the Campus Organizer for UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley. In that role, he recruited and trained hundreds of student activists to register voters, ban unnecessary single-use plastics throughout the UC system, and advocate for an expedited transition to 100% renewable energy. In his free time Sander enjoys karaoke, science fiction novels, and hugging his cat, Arthur.

My name is Sander Kushen and I am the State Advocate for CALPIRG Education Fund, the CA Public Interest Research Group, a consumer advocacy organization. 

I’m here today to voice strong opposition to the preliminary decision on net energy metering released Monday. 

The CAISO projects that rooftop solar saved ratepayers $2.6 billion in avoided transmission costs. And more local solar saves consumers and society from harms of pollution.

This decision would cut consumer confidence by changing the solar customer billing rules midstream. It would cut consumer confidence by cutting the length of the existing agreement by 25% after they already made the investment. And I’m concerned that this would have a chilling effect on any consumer investment in clean energy solutions. 

Don’t punish consumers for supporting clean air and going solar. 

Reject this preliminary decision. 

Sander Kushen
Public Health Advocate, CALPIRG
Sander Kushen

Author: Sander Kushen

Public Health Advocate, CALPIRG

Started on staff: 2019
B.A., Dartmouth College

Sander is based in Sacramento and works with California decision-makers, the media, and coalition partners to further CALPIRG’s legislative priorities. He represents CALPIRG members across the state in efforts to protect public health and consumer interests. Previously, Sander worked for two years with CALPIRG Students as the Campus Organizer for UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley. In that role, he recruited and trained hundreds of student activists to register voters, ban unnecessary single-use plastics throughout the UC system, and advocate for an expedited transition to 100% renewable energy. In his free time Sander enjoys karaoke, science fiction novels, and hugging his cat, Arthur.