Energy commission says California must become more energy efficient

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 - 10:40 am

To meet the energy needs of a growing population and account for lost power sources, California needs to become more energy efficient on multiple levels and more surgical in managing peak power demands on hot summer days, according to a report approved this week by the Sacramento-based California Energy Commission.

The 2013 Integrated Energy Policy Report, or IEPR for short, is the CEC’s assessment of key energy issues facing California. The extensive report outlines a future of increasing statewide power demands that must be met by tapping into various energy sources, including renewable sources.

The report stresses that meeting ever-increasing demand also means energy-saving steps that include more energy-efficient buildings, major appliances and electronic devices. The IEPR also encourages actions to better manage power use during high-peak summer days. That includes everything from remote power cycling by utilities, peak hours energy use pricing and encouraging residents to do energy-consuming chores during off-peak hours.

The report cited not only California’s increasing population, but the loss of power-generating sources in Southern California, particularly the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station near San Clemente last June. The IEPR also addresses reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the effects of climate change.

The full report can be seen at

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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