From Yale e360:
…in the throes of the energy crises of [the early 80's, California] found a way to decouple profits from the amount of energy used, allowing the utilities to encourage efficiency while guaranteeing a profitable return. Utilities, essentially, were allowed to charge more for each unit of energy, as long as efficiencies improved.
The state seems to be a model for what’s possible, at least in the view of [U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven] Chu, who points out that since the energy crisis, the state’s use of electricity has, remarkably, remained flat on a per capita basis, even while its economy doubled. Electricity consumption in the rest of the U.S. meanwhile went up 40 percent on the same per capita basis.
CensusScope: California’s population grew by over 43% between 1980 and 2000 — from 23,667,902 to 33,871,648.
Sierra Club: California’s population grew by nearly 26 percent between 1980 and 1990, from 23.7 million to 29.8 million, and grew by another 4.1 million persons between 1990 and 2000.
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Interview: Katie Kline, Communications Officer at Ecological Society of America interviewed me via Skype for the ESA’s Ecotone blog. Read and hear it here.