State residents saved 11 percent in power usage in May |

State residents saved 11 percent in power usage in May

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Californians sliced their electricity use in May by 11 percent compared to the same month last year, state officials announced Sunday.

California residents and businesses reduced their electricity demand by 3,595 megawatts in May compared to last year, according to California Energy Commission figures. One megawatt is enough energy to power 1,000 homes.

Energy use during peak demand hours decreased in May by about 10 percent over the same period last year.

”It’s been fairly remarkable since January in the way in which the people have responded to the governor’s calls for conservation,” said Commission director Steve Larson.

California faced two days of rolling blackouts in May. Davis has predicted that May and June would be the state’s toughest months because of rising temperatures and power plants down for scheduled pre-summer maintenance.

In April this year, monthly electricity use was down by 7 percent over the previous year.

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