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For immediate release: August 17, 2004
Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Energy Commission August 18 hearing examines California energy concerns

California's traditional energy supplies remain tight, price levels and volatility are increasing, and our infrastructure is aging. At the same time, significant growth in population and economy are driving ever-higher demand for all types of energy.

These important issues will be discussed in a Committee workshop tomorrow in Sacramento.

Where: Hearing Room A
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento


When: Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Beginning at 9:30 a.m.


Why: The Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) serves as the foundation for energy policy for California. As mandated by law, the California Energy Commission must submit the report to the Governor and the Legislature every two years, with yearly updates.

The IEPR Committee, headed by Energy Commissioner John Geesman, is holding this public hearing to discuss key issues for the 2005 report.

The hearing is open to all and will examine the supply, demand and infrastructure of energy in the State. Improvements in infrastructure - from pipelines and petroleum and natural gas storage facilities, to power plants and transmission lines - will be a feature of the day-long event.

Other subjects to be discussed include opportunities to improve motor vehicle efficiency and national fuel standards; ways to foster energy efficiency in the electricity and natural gas sectors; and how population growth will impact electricity reliability and planning.

Audio from this hearing will be broadcast over the Internet at

http://www.energy.ca.gov/webcast


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