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A call for reduction of future electricity use by more than 60 percent of what the state's major utility companies forecast consumption will be if their projections are extended to the year 2000. The report proposes a number of measures to help bring about this reduction, such as better insulation, reduced electricity requirements for lighting, and the substitution of gas and solar energy for many home, office, and industrial uses. This report also discusses the need for consumer education programs and a variety of tax and power rate penalties and incentives to bring energy producers and users together in a common effort to promote electricity conservation. The report also examines the potential effects of a slowdown of electricity consumption on economic growth, employment, and the poor. In addition, it is suggested that state authorities accelerate exploration for geothermal resources and that the state reevaluate its commitment to a rapid growth of nuclear power plants. (See also R-1084, R-1115.)

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