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For immediate release: May 13, 2003
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler - (916) 654-4989

Workshop Set for May 15th On
Options to Reduce California's Petroleum Dependence

What: The California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff will hold a one-day workshop to receive input from industry and environmentalist groups on the joint staff report detailing ways to reduce California's petroleum dependence.

Recommendations in the report call for the federal government to double the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks to at least 40 miles per gallon by 2020 and for California to increase alternative fuel use to 15 percent by the same year. The recommendations identify the need to develop a comprehensive plan to identify and implement near- and mid-term alternative fuels for the transportation sector, as well as the steps needed to establish hydrogen as a long-term sustainable fuel for use after 2020.
Where: Hearing Room A, First Floor
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California
When: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 15, 2003
Why: The workshop will enable staff of both agencies to present results, steps to goals, and early findings and proposals for slicing California's oil dependence. These results and proposed goals are contained in a staff draft report entitled Reducing California's Petroleum Dependence. In addition to the main report, four technical appendices accompany the detailed analyses. The addenda discuss the benefits for reducing demand for gasoline and diesel; a base case forecast of California's transportation energy demand; petroleum reduction options; and cost and benefits of the reduction options.

Assembly Bill 2076 (Shelley) requires the Energy Commission and the ARB to develop and submit to the Legislature a strategy to reduce petroleum reliance in California. The strategy must include goals for reducing growth in the demand for petroleum fuels. In addition, the strategy will include recommendations to increase transportation energy efficiency as well as the use of non-petroleum fuels and advanced transportation technologies including alternative fueled vehicles, hybrid vehicles, and high fuel efficiency vehicles.

The staff workshop provides a venue for representatives of environmental, automobile and petroleum organizations to provide input on the staff report prior to it becoming a formal Commission and Board strategy to be submitted to the Legislature.

For more information on the draft report and the appendices, go to:

www.energy.ca.gov/fuels/petroleum_dependence/

Note: Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet


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