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For Immediate Release: October 3, 2005
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Webex News Conference explains soaring natural gas prices
expected for California this winter


Sacramento - Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 4, the California Energy Commission will hold an Internet press conference on the California's escalating natural gas prices and tight supplies following the devastating effecting of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Who:
Joseph Desmond, Chairman of the California Energy Commission

When:
Tuesday, October 4, 2005
1 p.m. (PDT)

Why:
Californians are expected to experience sharp increases in natural gas prices this winter after the Gulf Coast's oil and natural gas production and infrastructure took a battering from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Although California receives most of its gas from west of the Gulf, prices across the nation will be impacted as supplies are strained.

What:
At tomorrow's press conference, Chairman Desmond will examine California's natural gas situation, rising prices, current and forecasted supplies and storage for this winter and in the long-term. The Energy Commission's Fuels Web page is being expanded to include natural gas information that will assist consumers in reducing natural gas use this winter. The Website will also feature links to the state's utilities and the California Public Utilities Commission.

The Chairman will answer reporters' questions on the natural gas situation in the state. The meeting will be recorded and available on the Energy Commission's web site: www.energy.ca.gov/consumerfuels

HOW TO ACCESS: California Energy Commission's Webex Conference

For Audio and Visual access: If you are hot linked by e-mail, click https://energy.webex.com/energy/j.php?ED=86065797&UID=31876177

OR

In your Web browser, go to https://energy.webex.com/
And enter Meeting Number: 921 324 755 then press the join now button

Meeting Password: ng$4winter
Once you are logged in, you will be prompted for your telephone number to call you back and link you to the audio portion of the meeting

For Audio Only access:
Phone: Call: 866-469-3239 (Toll free in US/Canada) or 650-429-3300 (US/Canada) and enter the meeting number (921 324 755) .
Help: If you are experiencing technical difficulties in joining the meeting, call Webex at 1-866-229-3239, Option 4.

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