Two years ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom had described Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and its events that led to the deadliest wildfire in history saying, “It’s about corporate greed meeting climate change. It’s about decades of mismanagement.” As PG&E emerges from the second bankruptcy in 20 years while pushing 11% rate hikes their customers. The company seems to be looking for a scapegoat and they have also found one: the people with solar on their roof.
More than half of California’s solar adopters are working and middle class. These things are great for the public but not for Pacific Gas & Electric profits. The more that communities make their energy, the lesser they will buy from the company. This reduces the need for local energy and the need for long-distance poles and wires. It does not mean that Pacific Gas & Electric will go bankrupt due to these little solar customers. It means that the company will not be able to pay their corporate executives $1.7 billion as they did in 2017.
Recently, California utilities submitted proposals for putting an end to net metering and dramatically slowing the growth of local solar energy. Utilities wish to put an end to the energy choice and electricity rates in California.