Saturday, 17 May 2008

*Alaskans slash electricity consumption

Alaska's capital goes green after avalanche cuts power lines
By David Usborne Saturday, 17 May 2008

Residents in Juneau have set an example to the rest of the United States, cutting energy consumption by 30 per cent.

See the full article above, but "it is a phenomenon that was seen before in Brazil, when a drought starved the power grid of hydro-electric power in 2001. On that occasion, consumers were ordered to cut their use of power by 20 per cent or face fines.

It worked. In two months, the whole country cut their demand by 20 per cent, and they never really returned to the same level of consumption after that,"

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