PG&E, So Cal Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric are lobbying the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to make consumer solar twice as expensive than it is today. This would put solar out of reach for the working and middle class, just when it is taking off.

We have abundant sun in Santa Monica, and thousands of rooftops that are ideal for generating solar power. New battery storage means that energy from the sun can be saved and used in the evening, or to keep our community safe during wildfire induced outages. Last year was a record for new solar installations right here. Climate Action Santa Monica wants to keep solar growing; grow it more equitably so millions more working class people can get solar, including renters; and make solar-powered batteries more affordable so people can protect themselves. The California Public Utilities Commission is expected to make decisions on these issues by the end of this year.

Climate Action Santa Monica regularly convenes local people and organizations to discuss and collaborate on climate solutions. Because energy is such a complex and important topic, CASM is hosting a series of Climate Conversations to help people become better informed. “We are pulling back the veil on how energy is generated, used, and priced. It’s a mystery to most, but one of the most important challenges facing humanity. We want everyone to learn about it,” says Laurene von Klan, Co-chair of Climate Action Santa Monica.

Please join Climate Action Santa Monica (CASM) to learn more at a ZOOM Climate Conversation with Dave Rosenfeld, Executive Director of The Solar Rights Alliance. When: Jun 15, 2021 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada). To register, email climateactionsantamonica@gmail.com, and we will send you a link. This event is free.

Submitted by Laurene von Klan, CASM Co-Chair