The House on Wednesday backed legislation to limit emissions from a coal-fired power plant by requiring it to purchase energy from renewable sources like wind and solar.
The legislation, which would have the full House vote on the measure, passed the chamber on a voice vote after the House approved it 227-195.
Democrats and environmentalists opposed the measure as it didn’t address climate change or energy efficiency.
Democrats were concerned that the bill would force the plant to pay a hefty price to power its own lights.
The bill passed by a voice count of 248-193.
Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.), who voted against the bill, said the cost of the plant would be passed on to the people of the state.
“The people of California are going to be paying for the carbon pollution that’s going to come from a plant like this, regardless of whether we like it or not,” Costa said.
“And it has to be addressed now, before this thing comes into effect.”
Costa said the state could get more energy from solar and wind.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that if we had the right technology, we could make that happen,” he said.
Costa said that if he was in the House today, he would support the legislation.
“I want to make sure that we’re not imposing burdens on families,” he added.