Calling For Renewable Energy Reform

Resolutions Number SACL09.05

Calling For Renewable Energy Reform

climate change, increased by the use of non-renewable energy sources, is one of the most vital problems facing our state, nation and planet today; and

WHEREAS, the State of California, a leader in reducing pollution and greenhouse gases, can do more to encourage the use of renewable energy resources in concert with President Obama’s declaration, “We can no longer delay putting a framework for a clean energy economy in place;” and

WHEREAS, in California, electricity distribution utilities benefit from but are not required to pay small renewable energy suppliers connected to the grid for the electricity they generate in excess of their own usage (net zero metering), nor are they required to accept any more than 2.5% of their peak demand for electricity from customer generators;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports legislative and regulatory reforms that require electricity distribution utilities to implement a “net excess generation metering” system which provides that electricity generated in excess of that used by each customer will be paid for at an equitable rate determined by the California Public Utilities Commission; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the limit of 2.5% of each electricity distribution utility’s peak demand be removed and replaced with no limit in order to further encourage consumers to invest in renewable energy generators.

Sponsored by: Rebecca Leo, AD 74
Co-sponsored by: Janet Cox, AD 14; Nanci Oechsle, AD 74; Chris Finnie, AD 27; Susan Rowe, Chair, Madera Co. Dem. Party; Myrna Baker, AD 74; Phil Hanneman, Director, Region 20; Jess Durfee, AD 76; Michael McQuary, AD 76; Rachel Rott, Ad 74; Janet Stromberg, AD 14; Judy Ki, SDCDP Central Cmte.; Betty Ball, AD 74; Kim Piker, AD 74; Anne Zerrien-Lee, AD 44; Michael Edward Lee, AD 44; Vickie Butcher, AD 77; Scott Svonkin, AD 49; Paul Feldman, AD 64; Martha Sullivan, AD 74; Eleanor Mang, AD 76; Marilyn Armstrong, AD 33; Nancy Casady, AD 75;
Gloria Jalisa, AD 76; Derek Casady, AD 75; Steve Young, AD 68

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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