For immediate release: October 12, 1999
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



ATTENTION: CITY AND ASSIGNMENT EDITORS

"Heat Storm" Report That Warns of
Future Electricity Outages is Subject of Workshop



WHAT:

The California Energy Commission will hold a public workshop on a staff report nicknamed "the heat storm report." The report warns of electricity shortages that could occur in future California summers if electricity supplies do not keep pace with consumer demand.

In 1998, an unusual blast of summer heat that happens only once, on average every 40 years, required widespread voluntary reductions in electric usage in California and throughout the West. The report warns that unless actions are taken to better balance electricity demand and supply, the State's robust economic growth may be threatened.

At the workshop, stakeholders, especially electric utilities, power marketers and electricity generators will be asked to comment on the findings of the report.

The report can be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.

DOWNLOAD REPORT -- High Temperatures & Electricity Demand: An Assessment of Supply Adequacy in California Trends & Outlook. Staff Report, July 1999. (Adobe Acrobat PDF, 80 pages, 719 kilobytes)

WHEN:

9 a.m. Thursday, October 14, 1999

WHERE:

State Capitol, Room 112,
Sacramento, California

WHY:

The workshop will help identify actions that can be taken by public and private organizations that can help solve the power supply dilemma.

Initiatives to solve the problem include: incentives to reward customers who use less electricity when supplies are light; improvements to the State's power plant licensing procedures to accelerate construction of new power plants; and developing cleaner and more efficient energy technologies that may prove important in future years.

WHO:

Participants include Energy Commission staff led by Chairman William J. Keese, and officials from the Public Utilities Commission, Independent System Operator, as well as representatives of the state's largest electric utilities, power producers and marketers.

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Editors: The workshop will break at 10:15 a.m. and resume at 10:45 a.m. to give news reporters the opportunity to ask questions from the panel of speakers and seek interview opportunities.

For further information, contact: Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, (916) 654-4989.

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