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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.)

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