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California Solar Policies 2009 Legislative Recap


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Presenter: Sue Kateley, CALSEIA

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California Solar Policies 2009 Legislative Recap

  1. 1. COPYRIGHT CALSEIA 2009 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED California Solar Policies 2009 Legislative Recap Sue Kateley, Executive Director California Solar Energy Industries Association
  2. 2. What is CALSEIA? • CALifornia Solar Energy Industries Association • Founded in 1977 • Mission: to expand the use of all solar technologies in California and establish a sustainable industry for a clean energy future • Membership comprised of solar companies: manufacturers, distributors, contractors, engineers, designers, utilities COPYRIGHT CALSEIA 2009 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  3. 3. Development of Solar Markets Tied to State Laws and Regulations • Customer side of the meter (Retail utility customers) – California Solar Initiative (electricity customers) – Solar Water Heating Efficiency Act (natural gas customers) – Net metering – Solar Rights Act, Shading Control Act, Property Tax Reassessment Exemption, Utility/Private Sector competition – Municipal financing • Wholesale side of the meter (Sales to Utilities) – Renewable Portfolio Standard: 20% by 2010 • Renewable Energy Certificates, Bilateral Agreements, Utility procurement, Feed in Tariffs • Greenhouse Gas Regulations: reduce carbon emissions to 1990 levels COPYRIGHT CALSEIA 2009 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  4. 4. 2009 Legislation • RPS: SB 14, AB 64, Governor Exec. Order – Moves current target of 20% by 2010 to 2013, and establishes new targets of 25% by 2016 and 33% by 2020 – Expands flexible compliance rules for IOUs when difficulty procuring renewables due to project delays and lack of transmission lines – Changes definition of delivery for counting out- of-state renewable resources – For the use of RECs from otherwise ineligible out-of-state renewable resources, establishes a cap of 25-30% of 33% RPS target – Requires the CPUC to approve a transmission CPCN within 18-months of receipt of a complete application unless the CPUC finds that the line threatens the environment and requires a longer process • AB 1x: AB 413 and SB 695 – Allows the CPUC to increase non-CARE residential Tier 1 & 2 rates over a period of years and as prescribed by the bill – Allows the CPUC to employ default time-variant pricing after January 1, 2014, and only after certain consumer education – SB 695 is on the Governor’s desk COPYRIGHT CALSEIA 2009 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  5. 5. 2009 Legislation • Net Metering, Reimbursement: AB 920 & SB 7 – SB 7 allows NEM customers who produce more electricity than they consume in a given year to carry the credits for the excess production forward for an additional two years – AB 920 allows NEM customers to sell any excess electricity they produce over the course of a year to their electric utility at a rate to be determined by the CPUC – SB 7 was held on the inactive file on the Assembly Floor – AB 920 is on the Governor’s desk • Energy Efficiency: AB 578 – Requires the CEC to develop a comprehensive energy audit program for residential and nonresidential building stock – Requires the CPUC to investigate the viability of various utility-run financing options for the purposes of implementing the energy efficiency program – Requires the CPUC to report its findings as part of its triennial energy efficiency report to the Legislature – AB 758 is on the Governor’s desk COPYRIGHT CALSEIA 2009 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  6. 6. 2009 Legislation • Self Generation Incentives: SB 412 – Allows CPUC to authorize incentives for technologies that meet GHG goals – SB 412 is on the Governor’s desk • Net Metering Cap: AB 560 – Would increase the existing NEM cap from 2.5 percent of a utility's peak demand to 5 percent – Would prohibit solar installations of greater than 250 kilowatts from being done by a C- 46 licensee – AB 560 was held in the Senate Business and Professions Committee • Feed in Tariff: SB 32 – Increases the FIT program from 1.5 MW to 3MW and requires the CPUC to adjust the price based upon the MPR plus other attributes – Increases the statewide total capacity cap from 500 MW to 750 MW – SB 32 is on the Governor’s desk COPYRIGHT CALSEIA 2009 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  7. 7. PV Installed around the World Source: EPIA Global Market Outlook until 2013 COPYRIGHT CALSEIA 2009 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  8. 8. 2009 Regulations • CSI – Thermal (Solar Water Heating) • CPUC – FIT Proceeding – Utility PV Procurement Programs • CSLB – non-substantive revisions to the scope of work for C-46 license classification • CEC – Title 24 Energy Efficiency and Appliance Regulations COPYRIGHT CALSEIA 2009 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  9. 9. Federal Policies also affect California • 30% Tax Credit for solar projects • Refundable Tax Credits (Commercial only) • 5-year accelerated depreciation (bonus depreciation in effect) • Business Loan Guarantees • Government Efficiency and Renewable Financing Bonds(CREBs and QECBs): local government energy efficiency and renewable energy financing programs • Federal Procurement Projects: Federally owned buildings and military bases activity underway • Training and Education: Green Jobs COPYRIGHT CALSEIA 2009 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  10. 10. Fun Pictures Guess which one is the solar thermal project COPYRIGHT CALSEIA 2009 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED