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From the February 1, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 1, 2013

Silicon Valley Power in Santa Clara, Calif., is keeping electricity rates at the same levels for the second straight year. Santa Clara customers, who already pay 25 to 45 percent less for electricity than utility customers in neighboring cities, have not had a rate increase since January 2011 and will not have one in 2013, the utility said. "Our efforts to obtain power from a variety of sources and negotiate favorable contracts allow us to provide our residents and businesses with reliable energy at the lowest average rate in California," said John Roukema, director of Silicon Valley Power.

Under a Jan. 30 decree, the government of France will require all shops and offices in the country to turn off their lights at night, The New York Times reported. The order is meant to save energy and to "reduce the print of artificial lighting on the nocturnal environment," said the French Environment Ministry. The new law will make the country a pioneer in preventing light pollution, said the environment minister. It also will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 250,000 tons a year and save enough electricity to supply 750,000 households, she said.


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