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For Immediate Release: November 16, 2005
Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

CARB gasoline output flat
while overall gasoline production jumps
Friday Webex News Conference explains soaring fuel prices this summer

Sacramento - Production of CARB gasoline in California was relatively stable last week, dropping a mere 0.2 percent from the previous week; overall production of gasoline in California refineries, however, was up 10.6 percent, according to the Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

With a number of California refineries still performing planned maintenance - a usual occurrence this time of year - production of reformulated gasoline for the week ending November 11, 2005 averaged 914,143 barrels a day, a 2.9 percent decline from this time last year. Overall gasoline production, which includes supplies for Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and parts of California without air quality problems, was 1,085,857 barrels a day, a 1.1 percent increase when compared to last year at this time.

Inventories of reformulated gasoline dropped 8.9 percent from the previous week, and are 16.7 percent below last year's levels.

Diesel production, too, was relatively flat, declining 0.5 percent from the previous week; diesel inventories increased by 2.0 percent. When compared to one year ago, however, CARB diesel production was 25.3 percent higher, and inventories were 9.4 percent below last year's levels.

The entire Weekly Fuels Watch Report can be seen on the Energy Commission's website at

www.energy.ca.gov/database/fore

On Friday, November 18, 2005, Joseph Desmond, Chairman of the California Energy Commission, will hold an Internet press conference to explain the price increase of gasoline and diesel this summer. The conference will begin at 10:00 a.m. (PST).

Directions on how to access the Friday morning on-line press conference and ask questions will be available on the Energy Commission's Web site at

www.energy.ca.gov

The meeting will be recorded and will be assessable later on the Web.

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