For immediate release: October 19, 1999
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989


ATTENTION:
CITY AND NEWS PLANNING DESK EDITORS

The following is an item for your news planning calendars:


Energy Conference Draws Big Delegation from China


WHAT:

Close to 120 Chinese energy decision makers - by far the biggest delegation of its kind to visit the United States this year - will attend the California Energy Commission's 1999 China Energy Conference and Exhibition.

WHEN: November 1-3, 1999
WHERE: Hyatt Regency, Irvine, California
WHY:

The conference gives California energy technology and service companies in search of overseas business the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with the Chinese participants - mostly executives with authority over energy project installations in buildings and industrial facilities, including the second largest steel maker in the world.

The visitors will come from the fastest growing areas in China such as Guangdong, Liaoning, Hebei, Sichuan and Shanghai. They are looking for ways to make their facilities energy efficient, reduce air pollution and explore options for electricity production.

Energy production has increased rapidly in China, but still falls considerably short of demand. Available energy is sufficient to run less than 80 percent of installed industrial capacity. Currently, coal provides for 70 percent of China's energy consumption.

WHO:

Scheduled speakers at the conference include Energy Commission Chairman William J. Keese, Energy Commissioner Robert Laurie, California Trade and Commerce Secretary Lon Hatamiya, U.S. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy and executives of California companies currently doing business or seeking opportunities in China.

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Service is the cooperating agency for the conference.

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