Although natural gas prices and utility bills are volatile, the state of the state's energy market, policy, or future was not mentioned in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's January 5 "State of the State" speech. Of the $222 billion the governor proposes be spent on new and improved infrastructure - with large amounts designated for transportation, education, water, and flood control - money for new transmission lines and\/or additional fossil fuel and renewable supplies apparently was rolled into the far smaller pot for "other" infrastructure. "Energy infrastructure is a huge part of growing California," noted Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys), chair of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee. "We need to invest several billion dollars in energy generation and delivery," he told Circuit. He added that California must also create the most energy-efficient programs in the country. "Energy won't get lost," said Lawrence Lingbloom, Senate energy committee consultant. The committee will work with the governor to help ensure that a push for more energy comes "at a lower cost to consumers and the environment." Calls to Republican leaders were not returned by press time.