SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Energy Freedom Coalition of America (EFCA) praised California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) President Michael Picker today for proposing much-needed reforms to the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) that reduce funding for fossil fuels and boost support for the energy storage technologies that will help California deploy more renewable resources and achieve its ambitious energy and climate goals.
"We commend President Picker for recognizing the potential of new clean technologies like energy storage to strengthen California's electrical grid," said Genevieve Dufau of SolarCity, an EFCA member company. "If approved by the full Commission, this SGIP Decision will help give an exciting new energy technology a strong runway to become a mass consumer product, much like the California Solar Initiative did for rooftop solar a decade ago. EFCA hopes the Commission is thoughtful in its design of a future lottery system to ensure there is market certainty for the industry."
The Proposed Decision:
- Allocates 75% of the SGIP budget to energy storage;
- Structures the program on a step down basis similar to the California Solar Initiative;
- Allocates 10% of the generation category to renewable energy and requires natural gas to blend with bio-gas;
- Replaces the manufacturer cap with a developer cap; and
- Prescribes public quarterly meetings for participants to ask questions, discuss proposed changes, and provide feedback to program administrators.
The CPUC is expected to vote on the Proposed Decision at its June 23 meeting.
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SOURCE Energy Freedom Coalition of America