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January 23, 2002

California Cut Electricity Use by 6.7 Percent in 2001

The final numbers for California's electricity use in 2001 are in, and they're impressive: compared to 2000, the state reduced its total electricity use by 6.7 percent and its peak electricity demand by 8.9 percent, or nearly 3,800 megawatts. Those numbers are adjusted for economic growth and differences in weather, but the cold, raw numbers still show a 4.4 percent drop in electricity use and a 5.4 percent drop in peak demand. Governor Gray Davis lauded Californians for their achievement. See the statistics, with a link to a January 17th press release from Governor Davis.

The Pacific Northwest can be proud, too, according to DOE's Bonneville Power Administration (BPA): the region reduced its electricity demand by roughly 85 megawatts, or enough to power more than 80,000 homes, in 2001. See the BPA press release.