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Study Shows LA’s EE Programs Have More Participation Among Affluent Customers

Energy-Saving Programs Yield Mixed Results

Post-Periodical, June 10, 2014

Researchers at Cal State Northridge found LADWP’s customer rebate programs had a greater effect in affluent neighborhoods which consume much more energy.

A team of CSUN geography students led by Professor Yifei Sun found Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers became more energy efficient from 2009 to 2012, but improvements were limited to certain neighborhoods.

“The results reveal that the City of Los Angeles has become more energy efficient for both residential and commercial clients over this study period. However, energy consumption is socially, economically, and geographically uneven,” Sun summarizes in his report.

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