CPUC: Societal costs of energy

Reason for submission: Comments supporting the adoption of a Social Cost Test when evaluating distributed energy resources

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This filing represents the Clean Coalition’s opening comments supporting the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Staff Proposal regarding the adoption of a Social Cost Test for the consistent evaluation of distributed energy resources, including greenhouse gas value and use of a 3% “social discount” rate. These comments advocated for adoption of the Staff Proposal, extension of application to all resources, and improved assessment when valuing avoided transmission costs. Costs associated with energy choices directly impact society at large, and decisions regarding energy options must reflect these costs in order to avoid inappropriate cross subsidies or transfers of cost responsibility between stakeholders.

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