California NEM 3.0: Regulators propose 1-year delay to net metering decision

John Engel

California regulators want to take another year to evaluate potential changes to the state’s net energy metering policy— a controversial reform process with broad implications for the residential solar and storage industries.

A draft decision first reported by Bloomberg on Aug. 15 calls for the statutory deadline for completion of the so-called NEM 3.0 to be extended to Aug. 27, 2023. The draft was dated July 25 and labeled confidential. Bloomberg said the draft was initially flagged by the market analysis firm ClearView Energy Partners.

The CPUC is permitted to extend a statutory deadline of a ratesetting or quasi-legislative proceeding when the deadline cannot be met. The current deadline of Aug. 27 does not allow time for the CPUC to review all comments on the NEM 3.0 proposal and the fuel cell tariff proposal, which is also part of the proceeding.

“It is necessary to extend the deadline by one year to allow adequate time to address the remaining issues of this proceeding,” the draft reads.


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