Oct 14, 2013 10:44 AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alternative-energy programs that California has invested in heavily are coming under scrutiny.
The state spent $1.6 billion last year on a range of projects to promote energy efficiency or the use of energy from nontraditional sources.
Despite widespread budget cuts, the Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/16GLqlv) that energy programs have continued to grow.
Agencies are investing nearly $15 million to build hydrogen fueling stations, though there are barely more than 200 hydrogen-powered vehicles in California. Other purchases include milk trucks that run on cow manure.
Typically, the projects are paid for by little-noticed consumer fees or small charges on electricity bills.
Proponents say the funds are working the way they were designed and will help deal with climate change.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com