A bill seeking to shine light on the costs of approved utility renewable deals was introduced shortly before the Feb. 18 deadline. SB 836 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) directs the California Public Utilities Commission to inform lawmakers about the price of contracts investor-owned utilities sign with alternative power developers to meet the state\u2019s 20 percent renewable portfolio standard. Currently, the cost of the 182 solar, wind, and other deals approved by the commission since 2002 have been hidden from politicians and the public. Last week, the Division of Ratepayer Advocates claimed that more than $6 billion in above-market contracts were approved (Current, Feb. 18, 2011). The new bill introduced Feb. 18 requires regulators to report on the aggregated costs of alternative power agreements twice a year. Legislation to require transparent and long-term prices for renewable projects up to 20 MW missed the introduction deadline. Proponents of what is known as a \u201cfeed-in\u201d tariff were unable to find lawmakers to promote this financing option for distributed wind, solar, and other alternative power projects. Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) was one of the members mulling over authoring such a measure but he decided not to go forward. His consultant told Current the legislator\u2019s plate was too full to take on the complex legislation. Governor Jerry Brown has been a proponent of feed-in tariffs as a method for reaching his goal of 12,000 MW of new distributed non-fossil energy. The state chief\u2019s focus, however, is currently on the state budget. Ted Ko, FIT &#040;as in feed-in tariff) Coalition associate executive director, said if proponents generate sufficient support for expanding this long-term renewable financing for smaller renewable energy systems existing legislation could be amended later this session. His organization plans to launch a program next month to promote this renewable financing mechanism. Ko noted it would avoid the confusing \u201cfeed-in tariff\u201d label. In its place, the coalition intends to promote an identical tariff it would call \u201cClean Local Energy Access Now,\u201d or \u201cClean,\u201d according to Ko.