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For Immediate Release: February 5, 2003
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Attention City and Assignment Editors

Sacramento Workshop February 6th to Tackle
Ethanol Production and the State's Switch
from MTBE to Ethanol in 2004


The California Energy Commission co-sponsors a workshop to explore the potential of greater ethanol production and use in California in light of the state's planned switch from the fuel additive MTBE to ethanol next year. Speakers from the Commission include Commissioner James Boyd, Deputy Director Scott Matthews of the Transportation Energy Division and Fuels Manager Pat Perez.

The workshop is titled "Ethanol in California: Opportunities for Increased Utilization and Production."


8 a.m. to 4 p.m. February 6, 2003.


Radisson Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento.


The workshop will assemble a group of speakers to share their knowledge of all facets of the ethanol industry. Among the topics are: an overview of the United States ethanol industry; the economic benefits of ethanol production; the role of ethanol producing states in ethanol programs; the transition from MTBE to ethanol; exploration of potential feedstock required for the increased production of ethanol in California; and the role of ethanol in energy security and global warming.


The rapid changes in the fuel industry present California with challenges and opportunities. The workshop will make participants better understand the outcomes of the transition from MTBE to ethanol. Encouraged to attend are government officials, agricultural producers, elected officials, petroleum marketers and distributors, utility providers, ethanol producers and marketers and environmentalists.

The American Coalition for Ethanol and the Clean Fuels Development Council are major co-sponsors of the event.


The workshop schedule and list of speakers is available at:


For media assistance during the workshop, contact Pat Perez at 764-0370 (cell) after 10:15 a.m or Todd Sneller, Arkansas Ethanol Board at (402) 430-3354 (cell).

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