The cost of going green – bend over Los Angeles

BOHICA Los Angeles, you’re about to discover what it costs to go green. (story here from the LA Times) Apparently the city of Los Angeles must get a minimum of 20% of its energy from green sources by the end of this year. With the California economy teetering on the brink, LA residents are facing increases of between 8% – 28% in their power bills to meet these green goals. Businesses will get slapped with 20% – 26% increases which they will, of course, pass on to their customers. Algore was not available for comment.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa warned that this is only the beginning of even more rate hikes as the city pursues the holy grail 40% green by 2020.

The mayor also warned that more increases would be needed to reach his next goal: securing 40% of the DWP’s power from renewable sources by 2020.

“We could have raised our fees even more to address the long-term goal of taking us to 40% renewables by 2020 and coal-free,” he said. “We knew we had to do this incrementally.”

Responding to critics of the planned increases, the city government and its union minions say this is actually good for everyone. In other words, “shut the hell up – you’re gonna love it.”

Once all the increases are in place, the DWP will receive an additional $648 million per year.

Villaraigosa said the money would help pay for the hiring of “green doctors” to evaluate the energy efficiency of homes and stepped-up efforts to help residents obtain energy-efficient lightbulbs and refrigerators.

One union leader said residents would support the increases once they knew how the money would be spent.

“When they see that there is a clear-cut plan to do what we need to do in this city — which is to be more green, to create jobs — then I think that most people . . . are willing to go along with that,” said Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the L.A. County Federation of Labor.

So, there you go LA – you’re getting precisely what you voted for. But hey, I hear candles are cheap…

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