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L.A. to Be Powered by 20% Renewables by End of the Year? If Yes, Your DWP Bill Will Increase

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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."