Energy Message from Maria Contreras-Sweet
With summers peak energy usage months soon upon us, Governor Davis has proposed a clear, effective, and affordable three-pronged answer to the energy challenge.
Governor Davis also used his emergency powers to set up the 20/20 Rebate Program, which rewards those who reduce energy consumption during summer months by 20 percent with a 20 percent reduction in their rates.
For the twelve years before Governor Davis took office, the state failed to build a single major power plant. Under the Davis Administration, those days are over. Since April 1999, nine new major power plants (eight of which will produce 500 MW or more) have been licensed. Six are under construction. In addition, 15 are being considered for licensing.
Under Governor Davis emergency powers and proposals, California will streamline efforts to bring an additional 20,000 MW online by summer 2004. By July 2001, California should have another 5,000 MW in new power generation on line. By summer 2002, that number should increase to 10,000 MW. Governor Davis will ensure that all generation measures maintain Californias commitment to clean air and the environment. He has appointed a Clean Energy Green team to oversee the permitting and construction process. He is also committed to upgrading the transmission system to improve its efficiency and improving fuel delivery.
We Californians have always climbed from adversity and made ourselves a safer and better world in which to live. Working together we shall rise above this energy challenge.
Maria Contreras-Sweet is the Secretary of the Business, Transportation & Housing Agency