For Immediate Release March 17, 2020

March 20, 2020 update: the CEC further clarifies that fuel providers remain open during the statewide stay at home order. For the latest news and resources on the state’s response visit

SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission today clarified that local orders identifying essential services to remain open during the COVID-19 response include all elements of the fuel supply chain. The Commission further clarified that fuel providers are open for business, including:

  • Refineries
  • Pipeline operators
  • Distribution terminals
  • Tanker trucks
  • Fuel wholesalers
  • Electric vehicle chargers
  • Hydrogen refueling stations

The clarification follows local orders issued yesterday in several counties that listed essential services that would remain open but did not specifically list all elements of the fuel supply chain. The Commission worked with local entities to confirm that all elements are in fact included and that fuel providers will remain open.

According to state analysts, fuel supply availability is ample and there are no disruptions to the fuel supply.


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