A new California law is sparking backlash — with uncertain benefits for clean energy.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the state to purchase massive amounts of renewable energy. Utility companies in California are responsible for buying their own power. But they have not been buying geothermal or offshore wind energy. That type of energy is difficult and expensive to produce. The Democratic governor wants the state to buy the power itself. The state would pay for it by putting a charge on people's power bills. It would take several years for that charge to take effect. Advocates say it would eventually bring prices down. But some utilities worry Newsom's plan could disrupt the energy market and increase costs. The proposal is pending in the legislature.
State officials say the winter's wild weather helped refill hydropower generators, decreasing the risk of dangerous electricity outages this summer.