NEM 3.0: What Changes Are Coming?

In August 2020, for the second time in just four years, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) opened up a new proceeding to change California’s net energy metering (NEM) program. Although no new rules or regulations have been rolled out, a final decision on NEM 3.0 is expected in 2021.

The decision could either drastically and negatively impact Californians looking to go solar or usher in an era of growth. If the CPUC goes with the latter, we could see greater consumer savings and more clean energy throughout the state. If not, this decision may effectively kill the California solar market as we know it.

California’s investor-owned utilities (IOU), PG&E, Southern California Edison, and Sempra Gas Company, which owns San Diego Gas & Electric, jointly filed opening comments. In those comments, the utilities called for drastic cuts to NEM that would harm the ability for consumers to invest in their own solar energy system. Some of the suggested changes include the following… 

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