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For Immediate Release: October 16, 1996
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 - 4989

Cybersurfers Beware!
You're in for a Scare!

"It slithered slowly across the cornfields, sucking up everything in its path. Power lines disappeared like spaghetti slurped into a child's mouth. Telephone poles became nothing more than toothpicks bit in half and swallowed, sliding deep, deep into the belly of the monster..."

Will energy education take a scary turn for young people?

"Absolutely," says the California Energy Commission as it announces the debut of Devoured by the Dark on, what else, Halloween! The children's thriller will be showcased on the World Wide Web at Energy Quest,, the popular education corner of the Energy Commission's award-winning Internet Access Energy site.

In observance of October's designation as Energy Awareness Month, the brand new biweekly serial offers users a thrilling detour from conventional environmental instruction.

Children will read about the beautiful and brainy Morgan and her friend Collin, the boy who loved pepperoni pizza but had an "attitude" about science. Chapter by chapter, adventure by adventure, a trio of children lead the way to learning about the importance of energy and the urgency of using it wisely.

Devoured by the Dark, designed to educate and entertain site visitors of all ages, is one of a variety of new features on Energy Quest that promise to turn energy efficiency and renewable energy into subjects more suspenseful than ever imagined. The series joins Watt's That?, an energy game show starring quizmaster "Flip Switch," new puzzles and cryptograms that are designed to inspire young artists and offer the educational resources they may need to enter this month's Energy Commission poster contest.

Energy Quest is a virtual "classroom" where teachers, students and parents explore some of the world's most innovative energy technologies. The site is illustrated with the artwork of previous Energy Awareness Month calendar contest winners.

The winning designs of this year's competition will also be used to illustrate the Energy Commission's 1997 calendar and will be interspersed throughout the on-line energy materials. Winners will receive educational prizes.

The new hands-on and "downloadable" materials are in addition to existing features that include up-to-date energy data, energy issues and breakthroughs, alternative fuels, energy efficiency and its popular education entries such as "Poor Richard's Almanac," "The Energy Story," "The Energy Patrol," "Science Projects," "Energy Safety," "Super Scientists," and "Percy's Puzzles."

Access Energy offers energy saving tips from proper appliance use to how to select the right windows and doors for home and office. Of key importance to residential, commercial and industrial consumers alike is a timely overview of the restructuring of the state's electric industry.

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