A bill to increase access to solar power for millions of California residents and businesses who don’t own their roofs died late Friday in the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce.
State Senator Lois Wolk, a Democrat who represents the progressive city of Davis, said the bill died as a result of intense end-of-session lobbying by PG&E and Southern California Edison.
“Unfortunately, PG&E and Southern California Edison control the committee,” said Wolk in a statement released late Friday. “There was an agreement between the Assembly Speaker, the Committee Chair, and me that would have scaled the bill down to a pilot program under the Public Utilities Commission’s guidance and oversight. That agreement wasn’t honored and the bill died in committee, depriving the public of innovative energy policy in line with Governor Brown’s initiatives.”