For immediate release: March 27, 2000
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



California Energy Commission Activates Actuality Line for Radio News


SACRAMENTO -- Gasoline prices are once again a hot issue, and radio reporters, news writers and editors in need of a quick overview of the current situation will find a deadline beater in the actuality telephone line activated today by the California Energy Commission.

The line can be reached by dialing 916-654-5018. It will be updated every Monday afternoon.

"We want consumers to know why gasoline prices are high," said Claudia Chandler, Energy Commission Assistant Executive Director. "By targeting radio stations, we hope to reach people in their cars during the rush hour and whenever they get behind the wheel. At the same time, we can give drivers consumer tips they can use to reduce gasoline consumption and help their pocket book."

The information telephone line can be recorded by radio stations and dropped into their daily newscasts. It offers a ready source of information about gas prices that are reaching record levels.

The actuality line also provides consumers tips on how to stretch their gasoline budgets, such as filling up with regular unleaded gasoline instead of mid-grade or premium. In fact, regular gasoline has slightly more energy per gallon than the other grades.

A more extensive backgrounder on the gasoline situation, including a page on commonly asked questions about gasoline and gasoline prices, is available on the Energy Commission's Web Site at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/fuels/gasoline


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