The full list of petitioners includes: American Lung Association in California, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Brightline Defense Project, California Center for Sustainable Energy, California Environmental Justice Alliance, California Solar Energy Industries Association, Coalition for Clean Air, Distributed Energy
Consumer Advocates, Environment California Research & Policy Center, Environmental Defense Fund, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc., Local Energy Aggregation Network, Dr. Luis Pacheco, Presente.org, Sierra Club, Solar Energy Industries Association, and the Vote Solar Initiative.
The groups believer that by driving the expansion of rooftop solar, net metering helps improve the quality of the air we breathe while creating jobs in our communities.
The requested study would supplement analyses of the more limited impact of net metering on non-solar ratepayers’ electric bills, and would include the following benefits:
Local job growth and increased employment throughout California
Increased local economic activity that generates tax revenue for state and local governments
Improved air quality through reduced need for fossil fuel power generation, including natural gas peaker plants
Reduced death and disease associated with fossil fuel power generation
Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
Lower wholesale market prices for electricity due to decreased demand
Improved grid security and reduced economic costs from power outages