Barriers to non-utility ownership of DER stripped from California bill

“SB 1088, which would have effectively barred customer or third-party owned solar or batteries from providing reliability services for the distribution system has been altered before leaving the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The new bill does include a section that requires utilities to submit reliability and resiliency plans, including a requirement for utilities to investigate microgrids and DER that can be islanded to provide power to schools, hospitals, water pumps and other critical services and infrastructure.

The bill is now expected to advance through the Senate and to the California Assembly, as it has the support of the president pro tem of the California Senate, Toni Atkins. It has also been supported by IBEW union locals that represent utility workers, however California’s utilities have not made any public statements of support.”

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