Legislation to shield ratepayers from shouldering the cost of gas leaks failed decisively in the state Assembly on Monday.
A large amount of methane is lost in the process of harvesting, storing and transporting natural gas before it can be converted into electricity, according to Senate Bill 1441’s advocates. The bill’s author, Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and allies argued that consumers shouldn’t have to pay more to offset those losses.
But despite clearing the Senate by a considerable margin, the bill fell well short when it arrived on the Assembly floor Monday, gathering just 27 votes in support – 14 short of the required majority. Its opponents included Pacific Gas and Electric Company.