For immediate release: February 6, 2001
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989


Energy Commission Sets Up Clearinghouse For Energy Ideas To Help California's Energy Challenge



Sacramento --ĘSo many consumers have sent the California Energy Commission innovative solutions to help the State through the present energy shortage that it has set up a toll-free hotline and a Web site.

Californians can now call the Commission's Energy Ideas Information Line at 1-800-232-4685 to leave a voice mail message with their energy-saving ideas. Callers have up to three minutes to record their suggestions, which will be sent on to the appropriate State agency.

Some of the ideas already received offered ways to cut the State's demand for energy -- like making daylight savings time a year-round option, for example, or turning off the lights that outline San Francisco's Bay Bridge during the hours of peak power use.

Additional people have contacted the Energy Commission offering new energy-saving products or inventions. These proposals should be submitted in writing to:

Energy Ideas
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, Mail Station 29
Sacramento, California 95814

People with Internet access can submit their ideas to the Energy Commission's Web Site at www.energy.ca.gov/ideas. The Commission's technical staff will evaluate and respond to all written proposals received.

For consumers wishing to complain about their utility bills and the utility companies, the Consumer Services Division of the Public Utilities Commission also has established toll-free telephone number 1-800-649-7570.

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