CA Governor Puts Off Energy Issues

California Gov. Gray Davis is focused on anything but energy this week as he sorts through 1,400 pieces of new state legislation awaiting his signature by a Sept. 30 deadline, but he is expected to re-focus on the simmering electricity issues next month, according to aides in Sacramento, CA.

"Energy has sort of been moved to the back burner right now," said a press spokesperson in the governor's office.

Gov. Davis has not decided whether to sign the lone remaining piece of electricity legislation, a bill that would provide $150 million in taxpayer relief to San Diego Gas and Electric Co. by 2003 to help pay for some of its under-collections caused by other rate stabilization measures signed into law earlier in the month that re-freeze SDG&E rates below market levels. If the governor does not act by the 30th, the bill dies.

In the long term, the California governor is considering holding an energy summit in November or a special session of the state legislature when it returns the first week in December to take care of administrative matters following the November elections. Gov. Davis' "green team" of advisers established by one of the new electricity laws is assessing these and other alternatives.

"The governor has said he will talk to the widest possible range of people from economists to energy companies, consumers, environmentalists, utilities and labor during October, and from those discussions he will decide how to address the electricity issue (longer term)," said the press spokesperson.

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