For Immediate Release: March 23, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989


Energy Commission Kicks Off 2013 Energy Calendar Art Contest

SACRAMENTO - Young artists throughout the state are illustrating their vision of a clean energy future. They are creating artwork for the 2013 Energy Calendar, the California Energy Commission's annual student art contest.

"California's energy future is dependent on its student's understanding of how energy affects their daily lives," said Commission Executive Director, Robert Oglesby. "The calendar art contest is a fun and creative way for students to explore pollution-free energy sources such as wind, geothermal, and solar energy, and how these technologies can improve society and the environment in the 21st century."

Twelve illustrations will be selected for display in the Energy Commission's 2013 Energy Calendar and the winning artists will be awarded $100. Their teachers will also receive cash awards to purchase educational materials for their classrooms. All students who submit artwork will receive an Energy Quest certificate of participation and other prizes.

All awards are funded through the sponsors whose generous contributions cover all production and distribution costs.

Flyers announcing the contest and outlining the rules of competition have been mailed to California public and private schools. Only California students who are in grades three through eight are eligible to participate. Contest details and samples of last year's artwork are posted on Energy Quest, the Energy Commission's award-wining education website:

Entries are due by Tuesday, May 1, 2012 and must be mailed to:

California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-29
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512
ATTN: Professor Quester

Teachers with questions can call the Energy Commission's Media Office at (916) 654-4989 or email Professor Quester at

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The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.