For immediate release: September 9, 1999
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

Workshop Tackles Ethanol Production
in Light of MTBE's Phase Out
as Fuel Additive in California

A public workshop is being held on a California Energy Commission staff report about the potential to produce ethanol from biomass resources in the State.

Biomass is the umbrella term for plants, wood chips, trimmings, rice straw, municipal trash and other solid waste that can be used to make energy, including fuels such as ethanol.

What: Public Workshop on the potential of ethanol production
Where: California Energy Commission
Hearing Room A
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California
When: 9 a.m. Friday, September 10, 1999
Why: The workshop is part of the process to gather as much public comment as possible on the staff report entitled Biomass-to Ethanol Fuel Potential in California. It will serve as the basis of a Commission report that Governor Davis has directed through Executive Order D-5-99 to evaluate the potential of a biomass to ethanol fuel potential in the State.

Ethanol is widely regarded as the oxygenate to replace MTBE (Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether) in the State's gasoline supply. Governor Davis has ordered MTBE phased out no later than December 31, 2002, because a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the additive can contaminate ground water.

The report presents the roadblocks and opportunities to creating a California ethanol industry. At the same time, it highlights the need for a clear, integrated State policy to encourage the development of such an industry, which could create jobs, tax revenues and ample additive stockpile.

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Attention Editors: Additional information about the workshop is available from the Commission's Web Site at:

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