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Clean Energy Backers Want Utility Fees Extended



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Every month, your electric bill has a one percent state surcharge - and your natural gas bill has a 0.7 percent surcharge.  Those fees are set to expire at the end of the year - and Tom Steyer with Californians for Clean Energy and Jobs says lawmakers should pass an extension.

Steyer: "They have to re-enact the public goods charge that flows through people's utility bills and is used to do research on how to save energy and how to create energy in cheaper and more environmentally-friendly ways."

Several bills dealing with the fees - and the programs they fund - are moving through the legislature before the September 9th end-of-session deadline.

Meantime, Steyer is also lobbying lawmakers to make it easier to create new energy businesses and encourage solar retrofits of homes and commercial offices.  Democrats appear ready to make some regulatory changes - though they'll likely fall short of what Republicans and businesses would like.

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