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May 22, 2002

California Announces Summer Energy Conservation Plan

California Governor Gray Davis announced in early May the state's plans for continued energy conservation this summer. The governor's plan includes a continuation of the state's "Flex Your Power" media campaign, as well as a new program with 1,100 retailers to promote energy efficient lighting, appliances and equipment. The state also plans to help agricultural users install energy-efficient pumps for irrigation and other uses. See the governor's press release.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) reported in mid-May that the state should have sufficient electricity supplies this summer, so long as consumers continue to use energy efficiently. Although the CEC doesn't expect consumers to repeat last summer's achievements, it is counting on consumers using less energy than they did in 2000. See the CEC press release.

The CEC might expect less conservation this summer, since a CEC report issued on May 21st showed that a major motivator last summer was "to stop energy suppliers from overcharging." On the other hand, there are reasons to expect continued energy savings, since 19 percent of Californians installed compact fluorescent light bulbs and 17 percent bought energy-efficient appliances. Other common actions were to turn off lights and appliances when not in use, to reduce air conditioner use, and to shift some energy use to off-peak hours. See the press release and other documents on the CEC Web site.