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For Immediate Release: November 17, 2005
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Energy Commission's Webex News Conference explains record high gasoline, diesel prices

Sacramento - Tomorrow, Friday, November 18, 2005, the California Energy Commission will hold an Internet press conference on the rapid rise in gasoline and diesel prices over the past year.


Joseph Desmond, Chairman of the California Energy Commission


Friday, November 18, 2005
10 a.m. (PST)


Gasoline prices at the pump in California rose from under $2.00 a gallon at the beginning of the year to an all-time high average of $3.06 a gallon in September. At one point, retail prices jumped more than 28-cents in one week. A number of factors led to the price increases this summer, from a power outage that affected Los Angeles-area refineries to damage to the Gulf Coast's refineries and oil rigs following the disastrous Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Concerned about possible price gouging and anti-competitive behavior in the oil industry, Energy Commission Chairman Desmond called for a report of this summer's events.


The report, 2005 Gasoline Price Movements in California - Staff Report (PDF file, 44 pages, 1.6 megabytes, Publication # CEC-600-2005-035), is available on-line along with Chairman Desmond's on-line presentation. The Chairman will answer reporters' questions on gasoline and diesel prices 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: To access go to: https://energy.webex.com/energy/j.php?ED=86352187&UID=33231567

Or, in your Web browser, go to https://energy.webex.com/

Logging In:

Enter Meeting Number: 921 475 508

Press the "Join Now" button.

Meeting Password: $4gasoline

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 (921 475 508) .

Help: If you are experiencing technical difficulties in joining the meeting, call Webex at 1-866-229-3239, Option 4.

ATTENTION Television reporters:
Chairman Desmond will be available at 11 a.m. for on-camera interviews at the California Energy Commission, Hearing Room A, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento.

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