California Per Capita Electricity

California made a push toward renewable energy, particularly solar, in the early 70s, and further encouraged reducing all energy, particularly electricity, use.  That program worked to slow per capita use.

Further, past efforts to reduce per capita electricity use in California had no negative effect on the economy.  While California’s per capita electricity consumption has now held steady for three decades, per capita gross state product (GSP) has doubled and has outpaced the rest of the U.S.

Per Capita Electricity vs GDP CaliforniaData from NASA and Environmental Defense Fund.

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