Opinion: Problems with California’s new injection molding baseline

For the past 11 years I have filed for utility incentives for injection molders. These incentives urge molders to replace old inefficient machines on their floor with newer more efficient machines. The basis for the incentives has been measured energy savings for one year. Typically the incentive amounts to 10% of the cost of the new machine.

Recently, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), relying on an outside report which states that the transformation to new efficient injection molding machines has been completed in California, has decided to virtually eliminate incentives for machines. The effect will be significant, both to manufacturers and to molders who produce in California.

Below is my response to the CPUC on this arbitrary, unfair ruling. There is no question that the injection molding industry is being unfairly treated....

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