California Launches Largest Energy-Efficiency Effort in U.S. History

Published by the Environment News Service, October 1 2009

The California Public Utilities Commission says it wants to make energy efficiency a way of life in California, and on Thursday, the commission put its money where its mouth is by approving the largest energy-efficiency program in American history.

The commission approved an energy-efficiency budget of $3.1 billion for Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Southern California Gas Company, which will cover the three-year period from 2010 through 2012.

This is the largest commitment ever made by a state to energy efficiency and further confirms California's leadership, the commission said in a statement, adding that the funding from this decision can create between 15,000 and 18,000 skilled green jobs.

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