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For immediate release: October 7, 2004
Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

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Electricity Shortfall as soon as 2005?
California's electricity future examined in Fresno hearing

The lack of transmission lines is inhibiting the growth of much-sought-after, renewable wind power in the Tehachapi Mountains near Bakersfield. Elsewhere in the Central Valley, bottlenecks exist in California's overburdened transmission system. Because of those issues, an aging fleet of power plants and ever-growing demand, the State's electricity woes of 2001 could reappear as early as next year. These critical issues and their impacts on the State's electricity supply and reliability will be discussed in a California Energy Commission Committee workshop tomorrow in Fresno.

When:

Friday, October 8, 2004
Beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Where:

Fresno State Building
Room 1036
2550 Mariposa Mall
Fresno, California

Note: Audio from this hearing will NOT be broadcast over the Internet.

Issues:

The Fresno hearing is the last of five hearings to 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 explored, along with 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 were held in San Francisco, September 29; San Diego, September 30; Sacramento, October 1; Los Angeles, October 5; and in Fresno, October 8.

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