Saturday, December 20, 2008

California Per-Capita Electricity Progress: Who Gets Credit?

Are you a good data sleuth? here is a puzzle. Yes, California has a temperate climate that doesn't require much air conditioning but take a close look at this picture below. Note the "divergence big time" between California's per-capita electricity consumption relative to the rest of the nation. Who gets credit for this green progress? The de-industrialization of California? Effective energy policy? New capital investments by for profits minimizing expected PDV of electricity bills? All? Neither?

A new Stanford paper takes a look at this important issue. Jim Sweeney's Paper . Sudarshan and Sweeney give policy 20% of the credit. That appears to be smaller than the conventional wisdom.

Here is another picture that I like. I see the power of liberal ideology. From this graph you can't tell if this power is from a displacement effect such that energy intensive activity migrates away from these states or if environmentalist states are able to "treat" energy intensive activity to reduce its energy intensity.


Rajesh said...

One can't say the reason.
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