Emergency Petroleum Fuel Requests

In some cases, the Energy Commission may be able to provide assistance to fuel suppliers to secure fuel needed for emergency responders when the normal sources of supply are temporarily disrupted and other attempts to obtain the needed fuel, at any price, have been exhausted.

Fuel Suppliers for Emergency Responders

If your company is a fuel supplier and unable to obtain fuel for emergency responders at any price from any of your normal sources of supply, please contact:

Gordon Schremp
Senior Fuels Specialist
California Energy Commission

Please be prepared to provide the following information to assist with facilitating your request:

  • Name and address of end-user.
  • Type of first responder.
  • Emergency responder contact name.
  • Emergency responder contact phone number.
  • Normal source of supply (distribution terminal location and supplier).
  • Type of fuel needed.
  • Quantity of fuel needed.

Emergency responders are transportation fuel end users that provide life and property protection, including but not limited to:

  • Fire departments.
  • California Department of Forestry (CDF).
  • Law enforcement departments.
  • California Highway Patrol (CHP).
  • Ambulance and emergency medical technicians.

The amount of transportation fuel available to suppliers can fluctuate during periods of temporary refinery outages, especially if no contract has been established between the refiner and supplier. Although most end-users of transportation fuel have alternative sources, there could be circumstances when the supplier is the sole source of fuel to an end-user who provides life and property protection services.

By working with industry to provide fuel where it is needed due to a localized or temporary supply disruption, the Energy Commission attempts to avert a more serious or widespread fuel supply problem and reduce the likelihood that the more formal Petroleum Fuels Set-Aside Program will need to be activated.

Petroleum Fuels Set-Aside Program

The Petroleum Fuels Set-Aside Program is a formal allocation program used to ensure fuel supplies are available to emergency responders during a widespread or prolonged shortage. This formal program is implemented at the direction of the Governor only after proclamation of a state of emergency. In addition, the Governor must officially sign and announce Emergency Order No. 6 which empowers the Energy Commission to "hold control of petroleum stocks" as needed to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

This order gives the Energy Commission the legal authority to provide fuel as necessary to support the response to the disaster. In cooperation with the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA), the Energy Commission will direct oil companies to provide the fuel needed by the emergency service providers responding to the disaster.

In the event of a shortage that causes extraordinary economic hardship, the Petroleum Fuels Set-Aside Program can also be used to assist critical industry fuel shortages, such as for California's agricultural industry.

On Line Application

Link to On-Line Application

This "set-aside" website is only available during an actual state of emergency when Emergency Order No. 6 is activated. The web address will appear here during a declared fuel emergency.

Applicant Handbook

The Applicant Handbook provides a description of the application process, eligibility requirements, and instructions for completing the application form when applying for fuel under the Petroleum Fuels Set-Aside Program.

This application process is used only during a declared fuel emergency.

The Handbook is provided here for information purposes only.

Petroleum Fuels Set Aside Program Applicant Handbook - Application for Emergency Fuels Allocation, published October 2007. Publication # CEC-600-2007-010. Date online: October 26, 2007 (Acrobat PDF file, 11 pages, 173 kilobytes)