Publication 216, The First 100 Years

1879-1979



The Energy Resources Surcharge

A 1974 act established the Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and imposed a surcharge on all consumers of electricity. The surcharge, originally imposed at a rate of one-tenth of one mill ($0.0001) per kilowatt hour, is collected by the utility companies and paid to the State Board of Equalization to meet the expenditures of the Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission. The Board, as administrator of the Energy Resources Surcharge Law, is required to set a rate, varying from zero to two-tenths of a mill, by August 1 of each year. The rate is determined according to the expenditures budgeted to the Commission by the Legislature.