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California's economy has profited from efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce its dependence on carbon.

Friday 8th of October 2010 10:37 AM
  • For every dollar of GDP generated in 2008, the state's economy requires 32 percent less carbon than it did in 1990, saving California residents money and giving California businesses the competitive edge.
  • Overall GDP produced per unit of energy continues to be 68% higher than the rest of the nation and has been rising at a faster rate at least since the 1990s, freeing up billions of dollars to produce goods and services that would otherwise have been spent on energy.
  • In 2007, California's manufacturers generated nearly $44 of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for every dollar spent on electricity -- $13 more than the rest of the nation.
  • From 1992 to 2007, California GDP relative to total electricity expenditures in manufacturing increased 21 percent, compared to 3 percent in the rest of the country.
  • Between 2002 and 2007, electricity productivity of manufacturers improved by 13 percent in California and dropped by ten percent in the rest of the nation.
  • Each Californian used 20 percent less energy in 2008 than in 1970, while energy consumption per capita in the rest of the country has generally remained above 1970 levels.
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