by Staff Writers
Los Angeles, CA (SPX) October 25, 2017
ABC Solar president Bradley Bartz caught a CAB today and it looks like it might be a solid turn in his journey. The journey is to get a 10.8 KW Solar PV and Advanced Battery system its Permission-to-Operate (PTO) from Southern California Edison Company (SCE). 18 years in the solar business, Bartz knows his trade, but SCE knows the Scrabble of California Codes (laws) and California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) Rules, Regulations, Procedures, Rulemaking and Decisions.
Bartz dropped everything to advocate for this client. And in the process of Advocating SCE slowed, stopped, denied and created circular arguments and forms against a total of 8 other ABC Solar Clients. Rejecting two for being too large by less than one solar panel.
The Monopoly has run amok and Bartz remembered the board game of the same name and then flashed to Special Education Law in California. Both pointed Bartz to a Journey of discovery. The Steps to Due Process Are a Secret according the CPUC.
As ABC Solar is supposed to be a boring business after 18 years. One notices interruption in workflow. The systems built at ABC Solar for backend administration keeps track of everything.
"When my ABC Solar Business Operating System Sold-in-Progress category does not flow correctly I know it immediately. I will consult with staff first and check single line diagrams, plot plans and other standard stuff. I discovered manipulation of regulations and worse the omission of regulations to impede my business. It is when SCE lies to me that I call for an ALL STOP", explained Bartz.
The CAB, Consumer Affairs Branch letter with file no 437108 states, "As part of our review process, we ask the utility to provide CAB with information about your account. We will review the information provided by you and the utility, and we will verify whether the utility is following all the applicable rules and regulations of the CPUC."
The ABC Solar Business Operating system has been ported to a case management system. Advantage Bartz.
On October 28, 2018 a report is due to California Governor Brown from an investigation he ordered to the California Energy Commission on September 28, the day of Bartz's phone call to the Governor. An email on October 4th from the Governor's office confirmed this investigation.
Bartz is alarmed by what he is finding. The extent of the problem comes down to "Permissive Detarrifing". This crazy term is when the industry regulator and the regulated utility collude to make regulations too much in favor of the monopoly. Permissive Detarrifing is what Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court ordered illegal in MCI v ATT back in the day. The amazing facts in this case show clear and questionable signs of Permissive Detarrifing by SCE and the CPUC.
Don't get me started on Negative Option Billing made illegal by the Supreme Court and California Code BPC 17600. The old folks (including me) will remember when magazines would ship you a mag and a bill. If you did not opt-out the bill was good and they forced you to pay. Well, SCE and CPUC are engaged in negative billing, shamelessly. Why? BPC 17605(a) exempted SCE. Holy crap batman, the law says they can cheat consumers. I propose to file a ballot initiative to remove this cheater clause signed into law in 2009 by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
To that end Bartz and ABC Solar filed a Petition to Modify D.14-05-033 and the rulemaking that SCE has weaponized to deny my client Permission-to-Operate for their Solar PV and Advanced Battery System.
Copies of the CPUC CAB letter Bartz and much more are at www.SolarRightsAct.com. The Solar Rights Act is a collection of California laws that lead the nation in solar and renewable energy adoption. Including getting 50% of our energy by renewable sources by 2030. A few years away. This fight with SCE for PTO is about breaking the 100+ year old monopoly.
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