SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — Lawmakers failed to renew a statewide utility surcharge before the end of their session, dealing a blow to Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to promote alternative energy.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on Monday called the failure to extend the public goods surcharge a “major bump in the road.” The bill, AB724, failed to receive two-thirds support in the Senate last week.

Brown wanted to extend the surcharge to help keep California at the forefront of the green-energy movement. It cost $1 to $2 on the average monthly household utility bill but raised about $400 million annually.

The governor wanted to make homes and businesses more energy efficient and subsidize renewable energy research. The surcharge has been in effect since 1997 and will expire at the end of the year.

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Comments (6)
  1. Charlie Peters says:

    Will Governor Brown choose a CA/DCA/BAR Chief who can find out if what is broken on a Smog Check failed car gets fixed? A Smog Check secret shopper audit would cut toxic car impact 1500 tons per day while reducing cost by $billions. Chief Sherry Mehl, CA/DCA/BAR, has never found out if what is broken on a Smog Check failed car gets fixed.

  2. Charlie Peters says:

    Will the genetically modified (GM) corn fuel ethanol welfare, for Big oil refiners and Government Motors, affect the beef?

  3. Charlie Peters says:

    Stop using GMO corn fuel ethanol in my gas.

  4. Charlie Peters says:

    Are all ethanol sales taxed the same? 

GMO corn fuel ethanol gets $6billion per year in welfare for Big oil refiners and Government motors. 

Ethanol for 150 proof sales is taxed $17.00 per gal. 

So what is the tax rate for single serve per gal of ethanol? 

Could a standard tax rate help the California budget issues?

  5. Charlie Peters says:

    Audit the fed, support HR 459 Paul

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