The "Self Generation Incentive Program" (SGIP) is funded by utility ratepayers across the state, and is intended to support incentives for distributed generation (roof-top solar) projects that will reduce air pollution and reduce demand on the grid. In recent years, SGIP funds have gone disproportionately to dirty natural gas fuel cells made by a particular company. It's time to reform SGIP! Commissioner Picker has made a proposal that would take a step in this direction. But it steps back from going as far as staff at CPUC were recommending. Attend the CPUC meeting and speak up in favor of SGIP reform!
Possible talking points:
-I want to thank President Picker for proposing to reform SGIP. It obviously needed to be reformed and staff here had a great proposal to fix things prior to yours. But you stepped in and weakened their proposal.
-SGIP is vital for California’s clean energy future. The program’s money, if used well, can help battery storage get the vital runway it needs to become a mass consumer product.
-The reforms now proposed in terms of fixing many problems with SGIP don't go as far as the previous staff proposal and should be voted against in favor of going back to the previous one. The program has the potential to do great things for our state, but it should not be supporting fossil fueled technologies, especially natural gas, especially in the wake of the horrible gas leak at Porter Ranch, in any way
-Battery storage is vital to get us to a clean energy future and SGIP is the best way for the state to incentivize the wide adoption of this technology.
-Fossil fuels should not be funded by California ratepayers. It is contrary to the spirit of the state, as well as the law. Clean energy should be broadly available to all Californians and batteries, if supported by SGIP, can make clean energy like solar even more powerful.
The SGIP proposal is item 6, on the consent agenda. (R12-11-005).
See this Green Tech Media article for details even though it sounds like they support Picker's plan but there are problems that are noted at the end, and we do not support biogas.
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