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For immediate release: May 13, 2005
Contact: Claudia Chandler - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Workshops to Focus Both on California's Dwindling Gasoline Supplies and Ways to Reduce State's Petroleum Dependence

What: The Energy Commission will hold two days of public workshops to discuss both California's future petroleum infrastructure needs and options to reduce its dependence on transportation fuels.

When: 9 a.m. Monday, May 16 2005

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

When: 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2005

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

Who: The Energy Commission's Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee tasked with producing a report that recommends energy policy to the Governor and the Legislature every two years, will hold the workshops.

Why: At the May 16th workshop, the Committee will seek public comment on ways to improve gasoline facilities, primarily marine terminals to store imported crude oil and petroleum fuels. Storage facilities have become critical because the demand for petroleum fuels is rising at a higher rate than California's refineries can produce. In addition, the state's extraction of crude oil has been declining since 1985. Thus, California now relies increasingly on imports to meets its transportation energy needs.

The May 17th workshop, on the other hand, will seek public comment on options to reduce California's petroleum fuel use in the long run. At this workshop discussions will center on a forecast of California's transportation energy demand in the next 25 years; options to reduce petroleum use and the commercial development of alternative fuels.

Video Possibilities:

Three advanced diesel powered vehicles a Honda Accord Tourer (US version of the Acura), Mercedes Benz E320 and Smart Fortwo Cabriolet will be available for the general public to drive, smell and hear during the workshop days.

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