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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.)

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.

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.