California Passes Plan to Become Even More Energy Efficient
California is a leading example of a state that has successfully changed the face of energy efficiency in the manufacturing sector. Since 2002, California has continued to pass legislation regarding clean energy and in the long run, it has saved money for the state. These adjustments have also been a factor for an increase in California’s manufacturing GDP over the past decade. By promoting energy efficiency the state has lowered the total cost for energy bills, which results in overall lower operation costs.
California’s industrial sector generates a very large segment of the economic output for the state and California’s the largest industrial workforce in the nation so these improvements to energy efficiency are very important to the state’s growth. As well as a guideline for the nation. A recent report by Collaborative Economics states that the manufacturing industry generates $59 in state Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for every dollar spent on electricity which is much higher compared to the national average of $38. The average manufacturing spending for electricity has also dropped significantly from 1.3 percent to 0.9 percent.
A new piece of legislature recently passed which is known as the “50/50/50” plan. This plan is designed to increase production of electricity from renewable sources to 50 percent, reduce the amount of the petroleum used by 50, and double building efficiency. This ambitious plan aims to achieve these items by 2030 and the plan strives to standardize how energy efficiency is measured.
As California continues to outpace the rest of the nation in creating a more energy efficient state, it will not be surprising to see if other announcements come out in the near future regarding even more progressive changes with cleaner energy in California. It will also be interesting to see how other states will respond to California’s success and savings by turning to more energy efficient processes.