Response to Energy Emergencies in California & Contingency Planning
The California Emergency Agency (CalEMA) is the primary agency for responding to all California emergencies. The Energy Commission works with and provides support to CalEMA in the form of information gathering, technical expertise, programs, and contingency planning. In the past two decades, the Energy Commission has responded to energy disruptions as a result of fire, earthquake, civil unrest, and supply distrubances.
The principal contingency planning programs include the Energy Emergency Response Plan, Petroleum Fuels Set-Aside Program, Local Government Program, Economic Assistance Program, and Demand Reduction Program.
- Energy Emergency Response Plan. The California Energy Emergency Response Plan is the state's strategy for responding to an energy emergency. The Plan contains an overview of the management and communication structure the Energy Commission staff use when responding to energy emergencies.
- Petroleum Fuels Set-Aside Program. The purpose of California's petroleum fuels set-aside program is to assist emergency and essential service personnel who are unable to acquire sufficient volumes of fuel at any price during an emergency.
- Local Government Program. The purpose of this project is to help local governments deal effectively with an energy supply disruption.
- Demand Reduction. An important part of responding to any energy emergency is reducing demand. The Energy Commission may recommend appropriate measures to mitigate the impacts of reduced energy supplies.
Members of the news media please contact:
Media & Public Communications Office at 916-654-4989
For more information on energy emergency planning, please contact:
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-41
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512
Written Materials From the California Energy Commission
- Latest Energy Emergency Response Plan (October 2006, publication #CEC-600-2006-014-F)
- Local Government Emergency Planning Handbook - Publication # 600-04-003.
(Acrobat PDF file, 22 pages, 79 kilobytes)
- Petroleum Fuels Set Aside Program Applicant Handbook - Application for Emergency Fuels Allocation, published October 2007. CEC Publication # CEC-600-2007-010. Date online: October 26, 2007 (Acrobat PDF file, 11 pages, 173 kilobytes)
Other Energy Emergency-Related Reports
In the Event of An Emergency
California State Links
Automated E-Mail Notifications
Energy Emergency Response Plan
The Energy Commission is in the Readiness Phase of its Energy Emergency Response Plan.