For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 13, 1999
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



Deadline Nears for Energy Art Contest



In classrooms across the state, young artists are illustrating their vision of the ways energy will improve our lives and the environment in the next century. They are creating artwork for Energy 2000, the California Energy Commission's latest student art contest.

Twelve illustrations will be chosen in the competition for the Energy Commission's Energy 2000 calendar. Each of the 12 winning artists from grades three through eight will be awarded a $200 savings bond, and their teachers will receive cash awards for their classrooms. In addition, all qualifying students who participate will be entered in a drawing to win a new personal computer.

Entries are due at the Energy Commission by Monday, April 26, 1999.

California's future depends on a science-literate generation; however, most students have lost interest in science by the eighth grade," said Claudia Chandler, Energy Commission Assistant Executive Director. "The poster contest is a fun way for students to explore futuristic ideas like cars and trains powered by electricity and fuel cells. We encourage them to envision a 21st century fueled by pollution-free energy sources such as wind, geothermal, or solar technologies.

Flyers announcing the contest and presenting the rules have been mailed to more than 9,000 public and private schools. Only California students are eligible to participate. Posters must be mailed to the California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street MS-29, Sacramento, CA 95814-5512, ATTN: Professor Quester.

Contest details and samples of last year's artwork are posted on Energy Quest, the Commission's award-winning education Web Site at:

www.energy.ca.gov/education

Sponsors helping to underwrite this important energy/science project include: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the California Power Exchange, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California Independent System Operators, Electricity Oversight Board, Cal Wind Resources, Cal Energy/Mid American, Independent Energy Producers, and Southern California Edison.

For additional information, call the Energy Commission's Media Office at (916) 654- 4989, or e-mail them at energia@energy.ca.gov.

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