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Los Angeles Proposes Carbon Surcharge on Energy Bills
Posted By Evelyn Lee On March 16, 2010 @ 6:15 pm In Environment,global warming,Los Angeles | 1 Comment
In a move to make Los Angeles  coal-free by 2020, Mayor Antonio Villariagosa  just announced a proposal for a monthly carbon surcharge on water and power bills. The funds will be used to transition the city towards renewable energy sources, and although no set amount was announced, it is expected that the smallest increase seen by 55% of the LA Department of Water and Power (DWP)  consumers will be an additional $2.00 a month.
The proposal was made following a study made by PA Consulting that revealed the city’s current “energy cost adjustment factor” is not enough to clear the coal filled LA  air by 2020. A recently commissioned survey by the mayor’s office showed that 64% of the respondents were willing to pay an additional $2.50 a month in order to help the DWP  make the transition from coal  to renewable energy  sources.
The question now is whether or not the addition will make the difference for Villariagosa’s ambitious coal free plan . The carbon surcharge is up for review by the Los Angeles City Council  today.
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URLs in this post:
 Los Angeles: http://www.inhabitat.com/la
 Mayor Antonio Villariagosa: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Villaraigosa
 LA Department of Water and Power (DWP): http://www.ladwp.com
 coal: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/06/is-it-green-clean-coal/
 renewable energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/energy/
 coal free plan: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/07/la-coal-free-2020.php
 Los Angeles City Council: http://www.lacity.org
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