The California Feed-in Tariff Act of 2008

By Paul Gipe


On March 28, 2008 Assembly Member Felipe Fuentes substantially amended AB 1807: The California Feed-in Tariff Act of 2008. Most importantly, the amendments greatly strengthened the bill by advising the California Public Utility Commission to use the cost of generation plus a reasonable profit in calculating the tariffs for each renewable energy technology.

The amendments make AB 1807 the only true feed-in tariff bill in the current legislative session. While there are two other bills, one in the Assembly and one in the Senate, these are merely modifications of the state’s net-metering policy.

AB 1807 is the strongest bill and the only true feed-in tariff bill at this time. If passed AB 1807 would have far reaching repercussions by moving California toward a system of Advanced Renewable Tariffs.

As an example of the import that AB 1807 could have on boosting California renewable energy development, both PG&E and SCE issued statements within days opposing the bill. There’s no greater endorsement of proposed renewable energy policy than the knee-jerk opposition of the state’s two largest electric utilities.

Letters of support can be sent, faxed, or emailed to the address below.

Assembly Member Felipe Fuentes
State Capitol, Room 3132
Sacramento, CA 95814
phone: 916)319-2039
fax: 916)319-2139