CALIFORNIA ENERGY FLOW IN 1979

California Energy Flow in 1979. C. K. Briggs, and I. Y. Borg. Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Ca. 31 Mar. 81, 18 p. Ucid-18991 price code pc ao2/mf ao1. Energy use in California during 1979 differed significantly from 1978. Overall use of natural gas in the state increased substantially (14.3%) due principally to greater use of electrical power production; 47% more gas was used for electrical power generation in 1979 than in 1978 and 21% more than in 1977. Use of fuel oil for electrical generation remained at the 1978 level but below the high 1977 level - which reflected substitution of oil for hydroelectric power during the 1976 to 1977 drought. Together, oil and gas accounted for 80% of the fuels used to generate electricity. Crude-oil imports principally from Indonesia fell substantially; however, use of Alaskan north slope oil increased so that the net increase in crude oil use was up about 4%. The transportation end-use sector consumed about as much as in 1978 despite shortages in early 1979 associated with the Iranian revolution. While gasoline sales fell slightly, sales of high-sulfur residual oils (bunker C) increased markedly. Transportation represents 38% of total energy consumption in California. The industrial climate remained robust as judged by energy consumption - up 12%. Nonetheless, fertilizer production in the state is falling due to higher natural gas prices. Firm customers in the residential, commercial, and firm industrial sectors registered modest increases in energy use reflecting in part the population increase. (ERA Citation 06:016955).

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    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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  • Authors:
    • Briggs, C K
    • Borg, I Y
  • Publication Date: 1981-3-31

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  • Accession Number: 00321320
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Systems Center
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCID-18991
  • Files: TSR
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1982 12:00AM