On Monday, two reporters asked Governor Newsom where he stood on the CA Public Utilities Commission’s proposal to penalize people for choosing solar energy, and whether the proposal needed to be changed.
The Governor's answer
: "We still have work to do...Do I think changes should be made? Yes, I do." View his full response to the first
and the second
The good news: The Governor publicly said that the current CPUC proposal is not acceptable. I have no doubt this is a result of your calls, letters and emails.
The bad news: The Governor did not specify what changes he wants. He needs to come out clearly against penalizing people for going solar, and in favor of making rooftop solar more affordable, not less.
What that means for you, me and everyone else: We have to keep the pressure on, and step it up even more.
If you can, please attend the Rally to Save Solar tomorrow (Thursday) at 11am at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco. Hundreds of solar users, workers and supporters will march with signs and banners to protest the CA Public Utilities Commission’s proposal to penalize people for choosing solar energy.
The rally is intended to get more TV, radio and newspaper outlets to report on the depth and breath of public opposition to penalizing people for going solar. More media coverage means more pressure on Governor Newsom to take a clear stand in favor of keeping solar affordable. We are holding an identical event in Los Angeles with the same goal.
If you can't make the rally tomorrow, please consider these two actions instead:
2) Hand-write a short letter to the Governor and mail it the old-fashioned way, through the US Postal Service! So few people send written letters anymore that your letter is more likely to be noticed. Here is his address: 1021 O Street, Suite 9000 Sacramento, CA 95814
— Dave Rosenfeld, Executive Director
P.S. Here is a fact sheet
on the CPUC’s proposal with citations. Below is a drone shot of last month's "human billboard" at the State Capitol. It was really fun to pull off, and it helped get media attention. I hope you can join us tomorrow