L.A. to Be Powered by 20% Renewables by End of the Year? If Yes, Your DWP Bill Will Increase
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa yesterday unveiled his plan to raise energy rates to make Los Angeles cleaner and greener by having the city powered by 20% renewables by the end of 2010. It goes without saying, it's a proposal rife with controversy. The Mayor touts that most Angelenos will only see a $2.50 increase a month, but there are those who remain doubtful about that claim.
The LA Times avoids using the "$2.50" number, opting to frame it this way: "Households that get their power from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power could see their electric bills go up between 8.8% and 28.4%, depending on where they live and how much energy they use..."
The Daily News uses the number, but reminds us of the controversial Measure B in the same breath: "The proposed monthly increase of $2.50 to $3.50 for the next 12 months would accomplish goals similar to those included in Measure B, the ballot initiative defeated by voters last year."