350Brooklyn has learned some distressing news about the New York Public Service Commission’s plans regarding solar energy, and we hope you can join us in mobilizing to make some phone calls to Governor Hochul and your state legislators.
The PSC plans to ignore New York City’s petition to extend New York’s community solar program in Con Edison’s territory, which is on track to expire this month. This is despite an outpouring of supportive comments from diverse stakeholders. The only comments in opposition to the petition were from the investor owned utilities. And to make matters worse, the PSC recently directed New York’s investor-owned utilities to impose a new solar tax on residential customers that will go into effect on January 1st. The combined effect of these actions will be fewer solar jobs and reduced access to solar for renters and homeowners alike, in NYC and across the State. These headwinds are right on the heels of Governor Hochul’s big announcement to expand New York’s solar goal to ten gigawatts. Big goals are great, but we can’t afford to under-invest in our solar industry today and then expect it to scale up tomorrow.
Here is a script for calling Governor Hochul and other state elected officials: