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California tops as solar producer; utility seeks to profit from grid hookups

California is once again leading the nation in the implementation of solar power, according to a federal study released this week.

The state generated 9.9 million megawatt-hours of solar power last year, more than every other state in the nation combined. California is also the first state to source 5 percent or more of its power from solar, nearly double the output of Nevada, the next-closest competitor.

Several new utility-scale solar projects in the Mojave Desert fueled a significant chunk of the increased capacity, though smaller installations continue to grow in popularity, with 2300 megawatts (roughly equivalent to the now-closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station) of generation capacity installed on the rooftops of homes and small businesses by the end of 2014.

Locally, solar installations atop city-owned buildings in San Diego have been pitched as part of a climate action plan that seeks to source 100 percent of the city's energy from renewable sources by 2035.

Increased reliance on solar and other renewables has also generated some pushback: local utility San Diego Gas & Electric wants to institute a new base charge on all customers as part of its proposed new rate structure, partially as a means of eking greater payments out of solar customers who pay little or nothing to be connected to the power grid.

Environmental activists also argue that SDG&E is currently pushing for approval of a new gas-power plant along the Carlsbad coast as part of new developments intended to replace power lost from San Onofre's failure, despite a massive number of existing proposals to develop even more clean energy that the utility refuses to make public. That plan is currently being considered by the California Public Utilities Commission, which has indicated they're likely to reject it.

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Utilities are trying to add as much as they can in order to position themselves (not ratepayers) as providers of Solar energy which allows them to still keep their ratepayers as customers,instead of having the ratepayers install their own Solar (of all flavors) and then effectively become competitors to the Utilities, who will then demand fair payment for the Energy they are pushing into the Grid.

Anyone that pushing Energy into the Grid should get the same amount as the Utility is paying itself for the Solar energy it generates and then pushes into the Grid at any particular time, otherwise the Utility is ripping off all the other Generators of Solar energy so it can pass that extra unearned money to its shareholders!

Partially posted here: http://cleantechnica.com/2015/03/26/the-first-state-to-generate-more-than-5-of-electricity-from-utility-scale-solar-is/

Utilities are usually monopolies. Water, electricity, cable TV, telephone services, Railroads, etc. Nobody competes on their turf. Who came up with the bright idea that utilities should be profit seeking companies? They have exclusive control over a critical public service. Corporate law requires them to seek maximum profit on behalf of their shareholders. No law requires them to care about the people who depend upon them.

Our Public Utility Commission is being accused of criminal behavior to benefit Utilities at great cost to ratepayers (you and me). The correct way to handle critical public services is for the PUBLIC to own them, not Wall Street investors.

The best and cheapest utility companies are ratepayer owned not for profit investor owned. All utilities should be owned by the ratepayers period.

RE: "Who came up with the bright idea that utilities should be profit seeking companies?" Well, Thomas Edison was a tough businessman, and so was Westinghouse. They were both quite interested in making profits, not giving away electricity for cost.

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