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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 MicahK on 9/28/2009 2:06:13 PM , Rating: 2
The amount of mercury in a CFLs glass tubing is minute; each Project Porchlight CFL bulb contains 2.5 mg of mercury, about the size of a period at the end of a sentence. By comparison, watch batteries and four-foot fluorescent tubes contain about 25 mg, older home thermostats contain 500 mg, and older dental fillings contain 100 to 500 mg of mercury.

You should know that we already live safely with mercury - our hospitals, worksites, schools and daycares are filled with the long fluorescent tubes, which also contain mercury.

The Canada Labour Code specifies: The Ceiling Exposure Value (CEV), the maximum airborne concentration for mercury, to which a worker can be exposed to at any time is 0.15 mg/m3 To put this value into perspective, a CFL containing 2.5 mg of mercury would have to break in a room smaller than 2.4 m x 2.4 m x 3 m (7.2 x 7.2 x 9 ) to pose a health risk according to the Ceiling Exposure Value specified by the Code. If a bulb were to break in a space such as this, leaving the room and ventilating the area would reduce the mercury concentration to a safe level in about 15 minutes.

Seriously everyone complains about the mercury in CFLs but they are seriously misinformed, or just don't care to know the facts, or just like the fear-mongering.

Maybe you mercury fearing people should worry about the lead toy your child is sucking on, or how bout the sun, its giving you cancer as we speak.

Having said that, I think LED bulbs are the future. We have a couple out at our solar powered cabin as well as some CFLs and I have to say I like the LEDs way more. They have a more natural light, they are bright and consume very little power. There is still some obstacles to overcome before we see LEDs in widespread use, but I have no doubt that they will be the future's lightbulb.

RE: Good luck, CA...
By Spuke on 9/28/2009 4:41:20 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously everyone complains about the mercury in CFLs but they are seriously misinformed, or just don't care to know the facts, or just like the fear-mongering.
Yeah, because telling people to not worry without providing some facts or info as to why they should not worry will definitely stop people from worrying. You know, even if I had an ego as encompassing as yours, I STILL would require you to back up that statement before I gave it any credence.

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