NEW! Legislation introduced to recognize California nuclear as renewable

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Updated August 12, 2019

California

Prosperity for All

  • Between 2011 and 2018, former Governor Jerry Brown’s time in office, electricity prices rose nearly seven times more (27.9 percent) in California than they did in the rest of the country on average (5 percent). [Source: EIA, 2019]

  • Expensive energy harms the poor in another way: by driving manufacturers out of California. From 2011 to 2018, California’s industrial electricity prices rose 32%, while the average price in the other 49 states fell one percent. [Source: US, EIA , Electricity Data Browser]

Nature for All

  • California is often cited as a climate leader. In truth, carbon emissions rose 3.7 percent in California between 2011 and 2016, even as they declined 5.4 percent in the average over the remaining 49 states.  [Source: United States Energy Information Administration (EIA), 2019]

  • California’s in-state emissions from electricity generation rose from 33 to 44 million metric tonnes of carbon emissions between 2011 and 2017. [Source: EIA, 2019]

  • Diablo Canyon provided 17 percent of all the clean energy electricity generated in California in 2018.

  • California’s share of gas-fired generation immediately rose from 45 percent to 61 percent after the closure of the San Onofre Generating Station (SONGS).

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