Greenhouse gas bill to be heard

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 31, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

CMTA is a member of a broad coalition engaged in responding to legislation affecting greenhouse gas emissions in California. The "Sustainable Environment and Economy for California Coalition (SEE California)" is opposed to SB 1368 (Don Perata, D-Oakland) which would establish a greenhouse gas emission performance standard. The bill would limit the available power sources to meet California's energy demands while substantially increasing the price of electricity to consumers and businesses.

SEE California believes that efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions should be accomplished in a manner that will not jeopardize our state's economy, jobs, and energy supply. The approach proposed in SB 1368 will compromise these interests by establishing an unreachable greenhouse gas performance standard for baseload electrical generating resources. Specifically, SB 1368 would discriminate against coal as a low cost fuel, it would limit the ability of utilities to make long term purchases, it would increase costs to businesses and retail-end customers, and it would threaten reliability by making roughly 40-45 percent of the 2004 California generation unable to meet the greenhouse gas performance standard of the bill.

The proposed approach has the potential to cripple our already fragile electric grid, making it less reliable during peak hours. As California's population continues to grow, we will continue to see more demand for low cost, reliable electricity generation. However, the greenhouse gas standard proposed in SB 1368 would make it impossible to meet such a demand, leaving Californians with an uneasy energy future.

SB 1368 will be heard in the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee on April 4th.
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