For Immediate Release: December 3, 1997
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

Young Artists Portray Renewable Energy In Latest Poster Contest

While their parents may be unsure about what next year's electrical restructuring will mean to them, school kids have a vision of their energy future -- and it's clearly clean and green.

"Whenever the Energy Commission has held an art contest for California schools in the past, almost three-quarters of the students drew pictures of windmills, of waterwheels, of solar panels and steaming geysers. Young artists definitely feel renewable energy is the way of the future," said California Energy Commission Chairman William J. Keese.

That interest was one of the reasons for the theme of this year's Energy Commission poster contest,"California! On the Renewable Road." Students in grades three through eight have until Monday, January 19, 1998 to produce entries demonstrating the advantages of renewable energy.

"When electricity deregulation begins the first of the year, consumers will be able to choose energy that comes from sources such as wind, solar, geotheral, biomass and small hydroelectric," said Keese. "This poster contest is a fun way for students to learn about renewable energy sources and their benefits."

Eighteen winning entries will be featured in an 18-month calendar that will be distributed across the state, and the young California artists will win $100 savings bonds for themselves, cash awards for their schools, and other prizes.

The contest is open to California students only. Where possible, winners and their schools will be honored at local awards ceremonies, to be arranged after February 1, 1998.

Each student submitting an entry will receive a Renewable Road certificate acknowledging their participation, plus a pencil and magnet celebrating Energy Quest.

Posters announcing the contest and presenting the rules have been mailed to 10,000 public and private schools in California. Details are also available on Energy Quest,, the Commission's education Web site at

For additional information, call the Energy Commission's Media Office at (916) 6544989, or e-mail them at

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The Rules for the California Energy Commission's Energy Calendar Poster Contest

When creating artwork for the calendar, students should illustrate one (or more) renewable energy sources and their benefits to the environment. Examples are displayed on a poster mailed to schools, and on the Commission's Energy Quest Web site. For best results, students should not clutter their posters with too many pictures, small letters or designs that are difficult to see or read. Colorful posters usually reproduce the best.

Only one entry per student is allowed -- group projects cannot be accepted. Entry forms should be taped on the back of each poster. Entry forms can be printed from the Energy Quest Web site or copied from the posters that should be available at each school.

Posters should be no larger than 16" x 20" or smaller than 8" x 10". For reproduction purposes, the recommended size is 16" x 20". Artwork should be on manila drawing paper, white construction paper, art board or plain bond paper. Crayons, felt pens, poster paints, watercolors or grease pencils may be used.

All entries must be received (not postmarked!) by Monday, January 19, 1997.

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