The PUC just voted unanimously to stick with the change in tariffs for solar panel owners they approved in December. This came after hours and hours of impassioned testimony by retirees and others who had installed solar panels after encouragement by the state and the presumption that they could get a return on investment in a reasonable number of years.
In an exchange between a PUC member and a staffer right before the vote the staffer claimed there is no grandfathering in any rate class, yet seconds later he admitted schools and and public buildings will continue under the old net metering rates — without increased connection fees and drastically reduced credit for uploaded power.
During testimony one lawyer pointed out the action amounts to a taking under the Fifth Amendment and that PUC commissioner could be held personally liable for damages.
Let the litigation begin.