Author: Dr. Jim

Solar Industry Gathers to Fight CPS Energy’s SunCredit Program

In San Antonio, Texas, city-owned utility CPS Energy released a new program called the SunCredit, which will charge solar customers for all of the electricity they used — including what they produced from their own solar array — then credit back the solar electricity generated at 5.6 cents/kWh. What this means to existing and future solar installation customers is that a system that might otherwise pay for itself within ten years will now take fifteen or more years — economics that will not work in today’s solar installation market.

Who Killed $2.18 Gasoline?

The Bloomberg investigative team of Ben Elgin & Peter Waldman yesterday published an expose on Chevron trying to undercut California’s low-carbon fuel standard. “They say they’re pushing back against the California rule because it demands technology that may not be available for years,” the team writes, as they detail the derailing of a technology that would have been available at commercial scale as soon as next year, according to the company’s own internal documentation.