Renova Energy solar panels cover a large home in the Coachella Valley.

Solar saves us, but now we must save solar. Within months, the California Public Utilities Commission will vote on an insidious policy update influenced by big utility lobbies and companies known as NEM 3.0. This so-called “modernization” of the previous NEM 2.0 policy includes hidden fees that will punish future California ratepayers hoping to save with solar, eviscerate thousands of high-paying local jobs and secure the utilities’ energy monopoly on our electricity. Make no mistake: NEM 3.0 is nothing more than a money-grab from utility ratepayers.

Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric are tearing a page from perhaps the worst solar-eliminator, the Imperial Irrigation District’s (IID) net billing playbook, where ratepayers aren’t justly provided the financial option of going solar to save on their rising monthly electric bills. The IID often touts that they have some of the lowest rates in California. Currently, this seems to be holding true. However, the Imperial Irrigation District has seen an unprecedented skyrocket in delinquent utility bills, which means the IID will be forced to increase their rates without offering ratepayers a viable solar program. This is one of the last standing monopolistic models in the United States today.

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