San Jose Mercury News

At the request of state legislators, California's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office released a report Wednesday that urges greater coordination of the state's dozen clean-energy and energy-efficiency programs.

The programs range from rebates for energy efficient appliances to cash back incentives for rooftop solar systems and grants to develop low-carbon fuels. California is spending more than $1 billion on the various program in current fiscal year, with much of the funding comes from utility ratepayers.

"Some of these programs were piece-mealed together," Anthony Simbol, the deputy legislative analyst, said in an interview Wednesday. "There hasn't been much of an effort to figure out how all of the programs coordinate together to meet larger goals. We can't tell the legislature which programs are the most effective."

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