Californian Government Intensifies Attack on Renewables

We build a house to take advantage of renewables and solar energy. But, after 30 years, we did not install the planned solar as we could never get the benefits to pencil out when all the maintenance and replacment costs were figured into the calculations. While the initial costs are low, the long-term costs grow in magnitude over time. It is hard for innumerate people to understand the cost of ownership math.

Watts Up With That?

Costs are rising for Californian Renewable Energy Consumers Costs are rising for Californian Renewable Energy Consumers

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

WUWT recently reported how California had abandoned rooftop solar, by excluding them from generous renewable credit schemes. California has now intensified its attack on renewable energy consumers, by increasing fees for customers who switch to renewable energy schemes.

Customers of clean energy programs hit with fee increase

The California Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to allow a nearly 100 percent price increase on exit fees for customers leaving Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for green energy programs like CleanPowerSF and Marin Clean Energy, which will make those and similar programs more expensive.

Many of the programs — where local governments buy green electricity for their residents, while private utilities own and operate the electrical grid — will be undermined financially by the uptick in the charge, called the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment, their officials say.


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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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