Title: An Investigation into California's Residential Electricity Consumption
Publication Number: DOE/NETL-2009/1371
Publication Date: 09/2009
Publication Type: Report/Publication
Contact: Chris Nichols
Program/Technology: Other
Author: Peter C. Balash (NETL)
Gavin Pickenpaugh (NETL)

This paper investigates apparent discrepancies in electricity usage between the state of California and the rest of the United States. Since 1970, electricity consumption per person (ECP) in California has grown slowly, while ECP in the United States has increased approximately 50 percent. The goals of this paper are to examine characteristics of U.S. electricity consumption over time, create models to estimate the difference between California and U.S. household electricity consumption after accounting for relevant variables, and develop a model to test whether factors affecting California's electricity consumption is the same as the rest of the United States.

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