For Immediate Release: September 16, 1998
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

Energy Source Disclosure
Subject of Workshop

Who: The California Energy Commission holds a workshop on a proposed Western States system to inform consumers how and where their electricity is produced.

What: The Commission's Ad Hoc Committee on Information will gather input from power industry representatives and other interested parties in developing the plan to keep consumers in the know on a regional basis. The Commission will also explore such mechanisms as "tagging" to track electricity generation in a regional market.

Why: California's new competitive electricity market, which is being watched closely by other states, gives customers a chance to choose the source of electricity they use. As a result, the state now requires electricity marketers and generators to disclose how their electricity offered for sale was produced, for the benefit of customers who may be willing to actually pay more for renewable sources of electricity. Power sources considered renewable include wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and small hydroelectric plants. Identifying electricity generation sources has gained interest on a regional level, as well. Industry representatives and state officials from the Western states will participate in the workshop.

When: 10 a.m. Friday, September 18, 1998

Where: Hearing Room A
California Energy Commission
1516 9th Street
Sacramento, California
Wheelchair Accessible

The workshop will be accessible in audio format on the Energy Commission's Web Site at:

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