California's Electricity Quandary.

by Deane N. Morris


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A review of research into energy problems and policy conducted at RAND since 1970. This research served as the basis for hearings by the California State Assembly in 1973, and resulted in the introduction of a number of energy bills in the State Senate and Assembly. One of these, the Warren-Alquist Act, provides for a comprehensive energy planning and management committee. Its purpose is: (1) to relate decisions on new power plant sites to questions of power needs and conservation, (2) to speed certification of new facilities when the need is established, (3) to provide public participation in the decision process, and (4) to support energy R&D. The RAND energy research covered three areas: (1) establishing accurate methods for forecasting estimates of future energy demands in the state, (2) policy planning towards developing the authorities and responsibilities of an agency for power plant siting, (3) identifying consumer electricity conservation measures.

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