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Based on a RAND report to the Federal Energy Administration, this paper briefly describes how Los Angeles dealt with the national energy shortage in the winter of 1973-74 and gives details about how commercial establishments cut back on energy use. When the Emergency Energy Curtailment Plan of the City of Los Angeles became effective December 21, 1973, merchants and building managements had to cut electricity consumption by 20 percent. RAND interviewed Department of Water and Power officials and 37 firms in eight classes of commercial establishments: office buildings, computer facilities, medical buildings, department stores, markets, small retail firms, walk-in service firms, and shopping centers. Their difficulties and successes in complying with the ordinance are summarized.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

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