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


Attention: City and Assignment Editors

Public Hearing Tackles Supply,
Production and Cost Impacts of
New Clean Air Gasoline Specifications

WHAT:

The California Energy Commission will conduct a public hearing to discuss an analysis by its fuels staff of new clean-air gasoline specifications proposed by the California Air Resources Board (ARB). The hearing will focus on the supply, production and cost of gasoline in California in the light of the new formula or Phase 3 Reformulated Gasoline.

The hearing will also deal with a Commission staff forecast on the price and supply of natural gas.

WHEN:

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, November 22, 1999

WHERE:

Hearing Room A, California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento

WHY

The hearing is being conducted in line with the new gasoline formulation that became necessary when Governor Gray Davis ordered the phase out of methyl tertiary butyl ether or MTBE from the State's gasoline supply.

In an earlier report on the price and supply alternatives to MTBE in gasoline, the Energy Commission indicated that the additive's removal from Phase 2 reformulated gasoline could lead to a statewide supply shortfall of 5 to 10 percent. This means in-state production of gasoline would have to be supplemented by imports of California reformulated gasoline or key gasoline blending components from out-of-state refineries. Energy Commission staff will provide a preliminary assessment of the supply and cost implications of Phase 3 reformulated gasoline and the phase out of MTBE.

WHO:

Participants include Energy Commissioners Michal A. Moore and Robert Pernell, officials of the Air Resources Board and representatives of gasoline refiners, petroleum pipelines and other interested parties.



Attention Editors: Proceedings will be available on real audio for the duration of the hearing at:

www.energy.ca.gov/realaudi o

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