Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 6.9 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback117 pages $30.00 $24.00 20% Web Discount

An analysis of California's need for long-range planning for electric power plants. The "quandary" is over how to construct enough power plants to meet projected future electricity demand without undue environmental pollution, radioactivity hazard, and depletion of resources. Besides measures to slow the growth in electricity demand, the state needs to establish an agency to ensure that legitimate demand is met expeditiously yet with full consideration of environmental concerns. This study examines the functions and powers such an agency might have and outlines a comprehensive, 15-year process for planning and certifying power facilities. The process provides for interactive planning between state government and the electric utility companies, continuous public involvement in decisionmaking, and due attention to environmental protection. The study also presents some methodological aids to evaluating alternative power plant sites, including a set of standard measures for comparison. (See also R-1084, R-1116.)

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.