For Immediate Release: May 2, 1997
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 - 4989



Energy Commission Launches
New Radio Gasoline Information Service



Sacramento -- The California Energy Commission announced today that weekly information about gasoline prices and supplies will be available every Friday morning at 9 a.m. to serve the driving public.

The media and public can access this price and supply information in two ways. An information telephone line that can be recorded by radio stations will provide a synopsis of gasoline prices, supplies and inventory levels. More extensive information can be accessed on the Commission's Access Energy Internet Web site.

"With Memorial Day coming at the end of the month, California begins the summer driving season," stated Stephen Rhoads, Energy Commission Executive Director. "By giving consumers information on the statewide average price of gasoline, gasoline supplies and inventories, consumers have information to make informed decisions."

Last year, California consumed 13.7 billion gallons of gasoline and 2.2 billion gallons of diesel. "Our greatest demand for gasoline comes in the summer months, when Californians travel on their vacations. We want folks to have information about the supply and price of gasoline. The Energy Commission collects gasoline and diesel information from a variety of sources, and we feel it is important for the public to have access to this data," said Rhoads.

"Right now we post average weekly gasoline prices as a statewide average. By the middle of May we will post weekly gasoline prices for Northern, Central and Southern California on our Internet Web site," he said.

The Energy Commission posts detailed information on gasoline and diesel production, supplies, inventories and demand on its Web site at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/fuels.html


Consumers may call and hear a brief recorded message on statewide weekly gasoline prices and supplies by calling: (916) 654-5020.



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