California Proposes $100M in Energy Storage Incentives to Boost Wildfire Resiliency

Source: CleanTech Law Partners, August 25, 2019.

An incentive carve-out for high-fire-risk areas could boost uptake among customers most likely to want solar-storage systems.

California regulators want to direct $100 million in state energy storage incentives to a new class of disadvantaged customers: those living in parts of the state at the highest risk of deadly wildfires.

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision last week on the “equity budget” within the Self-Generation Incentive Program, the state’s main incentive program for behind-the-meter batteries.

The proposed decision would direct $100 million from SGIP’s equity budget — a set-aside aimed at low-income, medically compromised or otherwise disadvantaged residents — to vulnerable households, critical services facilities, and low-income solar program customers in Tier 3 high-fire-threat districts.

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