For Immediate Release: April 27, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly Kell - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Workshop to Examine the Effects of
Climate Change on California's Energy Systems

SACRAMENTO - The staff of the California Energy Commission will lead a workshop about the effects of climate change on the state's energy systems.

When: Monday, April 30, 2012, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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

Who: Energy Commission Chair, Dr. Robert B.Weisenmiller and Commissioner Carla Peterman will attend and contribute to the workshop.

Why: The gathering is being held for officials of state agencies, energy experts and stakeholders, and members of the public to explore the impacts of climate change on California's energy infrastructure and discuss ways to adapt to future climactic patterns.

What: : California's climate is expected to become warmer during the next century resulting in rising sea levels, decreased snow pack, and extreme weather conditions. The state's energy infrastructure is becoming increasing vulnerable to these changes. Rising sea levels threaten coastal gas lines and refineries; decreased snow pack affects water resources used in electricity generation and extreme weather conditions can lead to power outages. The Energy Commission is committed to assessing these risks and developing ways to ensure reliable energy for the people of California.

The Energy Commission is required by law to prepare an Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) every two years with an update every other year. The IEPR provides an overview of major energy issues and trends facing California, including climate change.

Public comments received during the workshop will be considered for inclusion in the Commission's 2012 IEPR Update.

Documents and presentations for this meeting will be available online at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/2012_energypolicy/index.html

Those unable to attend can participate in the meeting via telephone and/or computer.

Visit https://energy.webex.com and enter meeting number: 926 370 801. When prompted, enter your information and the following password: meeting@930.

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