Utility fees sought for environmental research center
With this year's legislative session in its final days, lawmakers
Monday unveiled a bill mandating new fees from electricity ratepayers
to fund a University of California-run global warming research center.
The surcharge, amounting to $37 million a year for up to a decade, would be paid by customers of regulated utilities such as Southern California Edison Co. and publicly owned ones, including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The fees would partially fund an $87-million-a-year Climate Change Research and Workforce Development Institute, whose location has yet to be decided.