Join Canary Media’s Jeff St. John as he moderates a debate between energy experts Severin Borenstein and Ahmad Faruqui about California’s solar net-metering policy. The issue has sparked a polarizing fight among clean energy advocates, with high stakes for the future of solar power in the most populous state in the nation.
The controversy surrounds the California Public Utilities Commission’s recent proposed decision that would make it much less financially attractive for homeowners to install solar systems. Many solar advocates and climate and environmental justice activists are outraged, claiming the changes would decimate the rooftop solar industry, make it harder for lower-income and disadvantaged communities to reap the benefits of solar power, and set back the transition to clean energy. But the state's big investor-owned utilities, as well as some consumer watchdogs and community and environmental groups, contend that significant reform is needed to ensure that the public at large isn’t subsidizing solar for wealthy Californians.
In this live one-hour discussion, St. John will walk through the most controversial aspects of the issue with Borenstein and Faruqui, and find the places where they agree. Join us to get up to speed on the hottest topic in clean energy.
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Severin Borenstein, professor at UC Berkeley's Haas school of business and Faculty Director of the Energy Institute at Haas
Severin Borenstein is a Professor at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and Faculty Director of the Energy Institute at Haas. He has published extensively on the electricity markets, and renewable energy. He has advised various federal,...
Ahmad Faruqui, an energy economist, has been working on rate design and energy efficiency issues for the past 42 years, has advised more than 100 clients in 15 countries, testified more than five dozen times before regulatory or legislative...
Director of News and Special Projects, Canary Media
Jeff St. John is the director of news and special projects of Canary Media. He covers the intersection of technological, economic and regulatory issues influencing the global transition to low-carbon energy in the electricity, transportation and...