California entity expects green initiatives to drastically reduce gas use

The state-funded California Power Authority said that by 2006, energy efficiency programs and renewable energy projects could reduce the state's electric utility natural gas consumption costs by $10-15 billion. The state entity said buying gas drains money from the California economy instead of stimulating growth inside the state. With renewable energy and efficiency strategies, CPA predicts it can meet California's need for 8,000 Mw of new electric power capacity by 2006 while reducing gas consumption by electric utilities.The CPA staff report detailing the proposal did not provide an estimate of the potential avoided gas volumes, but it did say that the upper end of the avoided ...

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