Utilities urge Brown to hold fast on cap-and-trade
Oil industry groups and some utilities are on opposite sides in the intensifying debate over expanding California’s cap-and-trade program to vehicle fuels in 2015.
The oil industry has called on Gov. Jerry Brown to delay the expansion. But in a July 11 letter to Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, Sempra Energy – the parent of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Gas Co. – said the utility sector “already shoulders the responsibilities and costs” of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and that postponing the expansion would undermine the development of clean-fuel vehicles.
A delay would prolong “an economic inequity among energy resources and gives an unfair price advantage to petroleum fuels compared to clean transportation alternatives,” Sempra’s Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell wrote.
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The California Independent Oil Marketers Association, Republican lawmakers and some Democrats want Brown to delay expanding the program, saying consumer costs are likely to increase as a result. The Brown administration, though, has said it plans to go forward with the expansion in January.
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