Renewable Energy Economy
|Sources of electric energy consumption in California in 2006|
California's gross annual system electricity production is somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 terrawatt-hours. 1 As of 2006, 11 percent of electric energy consumed in California was generated from renewable sources, excluding 19 percent from large hydropower sources. 2
Although the renewable fraction of California's energy supply is growing, the largest strides to date in reducing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions have been through improved energy efficiency.
Since the oil shocks of the 1970s, California has made great strides in energy efficiency, bucking the trend of increasing per-capita energy usage in the United States as a whole: California's per-capita energy use has remained essentially constant for the past thirty years.
|Source: ag.ca.gov 3|
California emits about half as much carbon per unit of economic activity as the national average. The nonprofit research group American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked California first among the states in promoting energy efficiency. 4
2. Solar Electric Permit Fees in Northern California, SierraClub.org, [cached]
3. The Economics of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
4. The California Experiment, theAtlantic.com,