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May 29, 2002

California Renews its 20/20 Energy Conservation Program

California Governor Gray Davis signed an executive order in late May that renewed the state's 20/20 energy conservation program, which offers an additional 20 percent discount on electric bills for California consumers that manage to reduce their electricity use by 20 percent. A similar program last year is credited with helping to achieve a peak demand reduction of 2,600 megawatts during the critical summer months.

This year's program is somewhat revised: it applies only to residential customers and is in effect one month later, from July 1st to October 31st. To avoid penalizing those households that saved energy last summer, this year's program is again based on a comparison with electricity use in 2000. See the governor's press release on the California Energy Commission Web site.