Emergency Petroleum Fuel Requests

In statewide emergencies, the Energy Commission has the authority to secure and set aside fuel needed for emergency responders and essential community functions when the normal sources of supply are temporarily disrupted and other attempts to obtain the needed fuel, at any price, have been exhausted.

Petroleum Fuels Set-Aside Program

The Petroleum Fuels Set-Aside Program is a formal allocation program used to ensure fuel supplies are available to emergency responders during a widespread or prolonged shortage. This formal program is implemented at the direction of the Governor only after proclamation of a state of emergency. In addition, the Governor must officially sign and announce Emergency Order No. 6 which empowers the Energy Commission to "hold control of petroleum stocks" as needed to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

This order gives the Energy Commission the legal authority to provide fuel as necessary to support the response to the disaster. In cooperation with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), the Energy Commission will direct oil companies to provide the fuel needed by the emergency service providers responding to the disaster.

In the event of a shortage that causes extraordinary economic hardship, the Petroleum Fuels Set-Aside Program can also be used to assist critical industry and infrastructure assets in alleviating fuel shortages.

Online Application

Upon activation of Emergency Order No. 6, an alert will appear on our home page, redirecting traffic and inquiries to the appropriate resources. Critical hyperlinks and resources will activate on this Web page to assist with non-emergency services inquires.

First Responders and Emergency Services

First responders and emergency service personnel operating in direct support of emergency response activities that require emergency fuel should use procedures established by the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) through emergency operating center (EOC) protocols. The Energy Commission will coordinate with CalOES and the EOCs as necessary for these requests. Critical Agencies engaged in supporting emergency services should follow their emergency operation plans and coordinate with CalOES any requests for fuel support.

General Requests

All other fuel requests, including emergency service resources operating outside the disaster area, can be sent to the Energy Commission via the hyperlink that will appear above in the event of a state of emergency.

During a declared energy emergency, in the event that you are unable to obtain fuel at any price, please use the Web-based fuel application to submit your requests. Having easy access to the following information ahead of time will assist you in completing the application request:

  • Name applicant/end-user (tax I.D. or SSN)
    • Applicant phone number to confirm receipt of request
    • Applicant alternative phone number
    • Applicant e-mail address
    • Applicant mailing address
    • Physical address where fuel is needed
  • Type of fuel use (choose from list of options):
    • Agriculture
    • Aviation
    • Energy production
    • Government
    • Health Care
    • Marine Transportation
    • Passenger services
    • Trucking
    • Utility services
    • Other (specify)
  • Type of fuel needed (choose from list of options):
    • Gasoline
    • Diesel fuel
    • Heating oil
    • Commercial jet fuel
    • Military jet fuel
    • Aviation gasoline
    • Kerosene
    • Propane
    • Other (specify)
  • Quantity of fuel needed (gallons)
  • Additional information that may be requested by CEC staff
    • Average monthly usage (estimate of gallons)
    • Normal source of supply (distribution terminal location and supplier)

Fuels Set-Aside Application Request

For questions concerning the application process, eligibility requirements, and instructions for completing the application form when applying for fuel under the Petroleum Fuels Set-Aside Program please refer to the Applicant Handbook.

If you do not have access to the internet, during an emergency a point of contact phone number will be designated below. This phone line is only to be used in instances when the Web application is unavailable. This is not an information line and abuse of this phone line could lead to fines and criminal charges.

Applicant Handbook

The Applicant Handbook provides a description of the application process, eligibility requirements, and instructions for completing the application form when applying for fuel under the Petroleum Fuels Set-Aside Program. This application process is used only during a declared fuel emergency.

The handbook is provided here for information purposes only. The process described above is recommended for immediate fuel requests.

Petroleum Fuels Set Aside Program Applicant Handbook - Application for Emergency Fuels Allocation, published August 2016. CEC Publication # CEC-200-2016-008. Date online: August 9, 2016. (PDF file, 14 pages, 390 kb)


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