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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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State Broke
By Grast on 9/26/2009 1:14:10 PM , Rating: 1
Well Well Well, my state is broke and they are busy spending money on a program which will do NOTHING for the long term energy usage or generation.

Everyone is alway state to use CLF bulbs. This is possibly the dumbest idea yet. CLF contain mercury and require siginificant amounts of energy just to manufacture. The issue at hand is NOT how much energy we use. The question is how much energy can we generate.

The incandecent bulb is not a CRIME. It is cheap to build. Does not contain any hazardous materials. Most importantly, it bio degrade very quickly in any land fill. Basically a incandecent bulb is nothing more than glass, tin, and carbon.

The issue at hand is power generation. We need to build the only type of power generation which does not require fossil fuels. NUCLEAR. We need to build more generation and retrofit the state power distrobution grid.

If we had excess power generation, the price of power would go down and brown outs or rolling outages would be a thing of the past. Plus we would not be put these hazardus things in our houses like CLF bulbs.

The issue is generation NOT how we use the energy.

RE: State Broke
By MadMan007 on 9/26/2009 9:19:40 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, just wow. Lightbulbs biodegrade very quickly? haha. Quite the opposite is true. Glass lasts an exceptionally long time, it has no organic component to decompose.

And yes, more generation would be good but it's quite silly to only look at one side of the equation.

RE: State Broke
By borowki2 on 9/28/2009 6:04:48 AM , Rating: 1
Glass is basically sand, dude.

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