The Public Utility Commission is set to vote next week on a counter proposal from Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric companies. This counter proposal is in response to new rules on compensating California homeowners and businesses for the solar power they produce.
The PUC plan involves connection and usage fees for new solar power users. In addition, utilities would place new solar customers on time-of-use rates, which rise during periods of high electricity demand. Current solar customers are grandfathered in from such changes, but future solar customers might face these charges if the proposal passes.
Under the proposed PUC plan set for vote next week, new solar customers would face a one-time fee for connection to the electric grid. The commission estimates that the fee would range from $75 to $150 per solar customer.
In addition, rooftop solar customers would pay a fee of 2 cents to 3 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity used from the utility companies, no matter how much power their solar systems generate. This fee would amount to about $5 a month for the average solar user.
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