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Your chart brings up an interesting point about what measures we are using-- at times the baseline where a certain degree of % reductions are pledged feel somewhat arbitrary. Would it be better if we started using some other measure? Carbon intensity per unit of energy? Carbon intensity per customer? Eventually, though, the falling costs of wind and solar and the public’s demand...
Lots of great stuff in here, as usual, John. Regardint the success of CA in keeping per capita energy use flat compared with the rest of the country, what do you think makes CA so successful in this regard and why hasn't that success been effectively transported out to other policymakers in other states?
Although I lived in the Bay Area in the late 60s, and moved back to CA after I finished college (Texas Tech BSEE) in 1975, my first real involvement with California government was in the late 70s, albeit just the (Alameda County) local government. Even then they were interested in doing the right thing. I was the Facilities EE at GE's Vallecitos Nuclear Center, and we were recognized by...