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New solar rules will
make rates more fair
Martinez resident Dorothy Buffington is concerned the California Public Utilities Commission is considering changes to the current net metering regulations (NEM 2.0) that may affect homeowners considering solar (“New CPUC rules may price people out of solar,” Page A12, July 11).
But these changes are long overdue. The current net metering rules allow solar households to avoid paying their full share of the fixed costs to generate, transmit and distribute energy and these costs are shifted to non-solar homes. The CPUC forecasts that additional rate increases will be necessary due to wildfire and climate mitigation expenses. The Public Advocate’s Office of the CPUC estimates the average non-solar customer pays $100 to $200 more per year in electricity charges due to the current NEM.
Same policing methods
will net same bad results
I want to thank Michael Goldstein for his letter (“Oakland leaders stuck on failed policing,” Page A6, July 1).
I had a passionate, let’s call it a discussion, with a good friend on this very subject. She fears that Oakland is in the midst of a frightening surge of gun violence, as do I. But she wants to increase the numbers of police on the street, whereas I am one of the many who think it makes no sense to keep doing the same thing again and again when there is no change. I want money sent to programs to support families and kids on the street, replacing the gang support they seek, mentor them into continuing education that leads to jobs.
Clearly, we must rethink these old, repetitive attempts to effect positive results. We can’t do anything worse than what we’ve been doing.
Require golf courses
to cut water use
Yes, Gov. Newsom should be doing more than asking for a voluntary reduction in water usage (“Drought calls for mandatory water cutbacks,” Page A12, July 11). I understand there are concerns coming from agriculture, the fishing industry and residents who are all battling for their share of precious water. But we must realize that these various factions need water to fuel their various industries that we rely on for sustenance.
But there is one industry that uses huge amounts of water and hasn’t been on any restricted or even voluntary reduction list: Golf courses. They don’t provide food, don’t fight fires …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment