Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California

Source: David Roland-Holst, Center For Energy, Resources, And Economic Sustainability (CERES), October 2008

Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California analyzes the economic impact of CARB’s (California Air Resources Board) past and future policies to reduce fossil fuel generated energy demand. California’s achievements in energy efficiency over the last generation are well known, but evidence about their deeper economic implications remains weak. This study examines the economy-wide employment effects of the state’s landmark efficiency policies over the last thirty-five years, and forecasts the economic effects of significantly more aggressive policies proposed to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

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