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For immediate release: September 29, 2004
Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

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Electricity Crisis 2005?
California's electricity future examined in San Diego hearing

With bottlenecks in California's overburdened transmission system, an aging fleet of power plants and ever-growing demand, the State's electricity woes could be revisited as early as next year. These critical issues and their impacts on the State's electricity supply and reliability - especially daunting in Southern California - will be discussed in a California Energy Commission Committee workshop tomorrow in San Diego.

Where:
San Diego Association of Governments Board Room
401 B Street, 7th floor
San Diego, California

When:
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Audio from this hearing will be broadcast over the Internet at:

www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/

Issues:
The San Diego hearing will examine the effects that the State's aging power plants will have on electricity, given their inefficiencies, environmental impacts and questionable reliability. Accelerating the development of renewable energy projects also will be discussed, as well as options to effectively upgrade the State's transmission system. These topics are the subjects of three draft staff papers that are on-line, along with the 2004 Draft Committee Energy Report Update, at:

www.energy.ca.gov/2004_policy_update/documents/

Background:
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 five public hearings to discuss key issues presented in the 2004 Draft Committee Energy Report Update. The hearings are being held in San Francisco, September 29; San Diego, September 30; Sacramento, October 1; Los Angeles, October 5; and Fresno, October 8.

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