In California, the battle is on between renewable energy equipment owners and utilities as to who should benefit from renewable energy certificates, created when businesses or homeowners install solar power.
It's up to California's Public Utilities Commission to decide whether utilities or solar equipment owners should be awarded the certificates. Solar energy companies and their customers say the solar companies should get the credits for the equipment they install, while the utilities argue that they should receive the certificates because their customers subsidize the solar power systems through the incentive programs. Utilities also want the certificates to help them meet CA's standard of purchasing 20% of their electricity from renewables by the year 2010 (perhaps increasing to 33% by 2020 in the near future).
The California Solar Initiative's goal is to get about one million homes powered by solar by the year 2017. This is a fight the utilities and the installers aren't going to back down from quickly.