Due to pressure from utilities, the state has implemented a complicated VDER (Value of Distributed Energy Resources) regulation, which offers a lower value for community solar than net metering provides for rooftop solar. This regulation is discouraging the development of community shared solar arrays, which are the only option for most New Yorkers to go solar, shutting working-class New Yorkers out of the renewable energy economy.

Having spent years grappling with these challenges in the regulatory space while pushing for changes through media and public pressure, we are focusing this year on building an even stronger “outside game.” We need to build more power to be able to successfully challenge utility influence on the Public Service Commission and to bring even more public pressure on the Governor and NYSERDA.