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California launches the nation's largest energy efficiency plan

The state of California has approved a new energy efficiency plan, providing $3.1 billion for programs from PG&E, Sempra Energy and Edison International.  The state is interested in providing financial benefits for programs designed to persuade home owners to use less energy.

Specifically, the $3.1 billion budget approved by the California Public Utilities Commission will help pave the way to savings of 7,000 gigawatt hours, 150 million metric therms of natural gas, and 1,500 megawatts of electricity.

City, county, and regional agencies will receive up to $265 million when they create energy-efficiency efforts.  Home owners will be able to monitor energy-usage statistics when they log onto the internet, the plan states.

"Capturing the full energy efficiency potential in the state requires more than simply providing rebates to support the installation of the latest and greatest widget," according to Michael Peevey, the state's commission president.

According to the state commission, energy  savings would be the same as three 500 megawatt power plants.  Furthermore, the new state-led programs would create between 15,000 and 18,000 new jobs, while also eliminating almost 3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions across the state.

"The focus is to shift priorities away from rebates for widgets to sustained energy savings in the built environment," California Public Utilities Commission member Dian Grueneich told the media.  "These numbers are breathtaking in their own right."

Due to the faltering economy, energy conservation and efficiency have been popular among consumers and companies interested in reducing costs.



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RE: Good luck, CA...
By Noliving on 9/25/2009 11:35:04 PM , Rating: 2
Why isn't there an edit button?


RE: Good luck, CA...
By Samus on 9/26/2009 5:20:52 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, CFL's have mercury, but they contain far less mercury than that of which is exhausted into the atmosphere in comparison to how much more power an incandecent bulb uses over the CFL's typical lifespan.

And how many CFL's have you actually broken open? When mind break, they typically come loose at the base via wiring, just kind of dangling. They don't actually 'pour' any toxic fumes out...I guess if one were to completely shatter, but just be a little more careful. A normal bulb shattering is just as dangerous! Glass in the feets! ohh noes!


RE: Good luck, CA...
By mindless1 on 9/26/2009 6:07:05 PM , Rating: 2
The typical failure mode is an internal transistor shorting out. Breaking the tube would be a very clumsy thing to do and not particularly hazardous unless you handle the glass with bare hands.

It's the classic argument, which is more dangerous... having mercury in the environment originally and having it get into ground water, or having it mined, trapped inside of glass tubes where it comes in contact with nothing, usually.


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