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For immediate release: July 9, 2003
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler (916) 654-4989

Workshop Will Explore California's Petroleum Future

As the demand for gasoline in California increases by 2.6 percent each year, consumers find themselves increasingly vulnerable to tight supplies and sporadically higher prices. A workshop to be held in Sacramento Friday will examine the production, importing and distribution of transportation fuels.

What: The California Energy Commission will hold a workshop on transportation fuels. Among the topics to be discussed are:

  • Why has the rate of fuel consumption grown steadily since the 1980s?

  • Can California refineries increase their output to meet demand?

  • Could California import enough fuel to meet demand? Are changes necessary at the State's ports to handle additional shipments of petroleum products?

  • How is California's fuel supply linked to those of other states and other countries?

  • How have ownership changes in the petroleum industry affected competition and retail prices in California?

  • What can be done to curtail California's greenhouse gas emissions, since more than 50 percent of them come from transportation?

  • What steps need to be taken to move California from a petroleum-based to a hydrogen-based economy?

The workshop will receive public comments for consideration in the Energy Commission's Integrated Energy Policy Report.

When: Friday, July 11, 2003 9:30 a.m.

Where: California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California 95814
(Wheelchair accessible)

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast on the Energy Commission's website, at


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