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 fuel shortages, such as for California's agricultural industry.

On Line Application

Link to On-Line Application

First responders requesting emergency fuel should use standard procedures set by their local or state agency and through established emergency operating center (EOC) protocols. The Energy Commission will coordinate with CalOES and the EOCs as necessary for these requests. All other fuel requests can be sent to the Energy Commission email address that will appear below in the event of a state of emergency, and should include the information listed below.

E-Mail Address: ________________________________

During a declared energy emergency, in the event that you are unable to obain fuel at any price, please send the following information to the email address:

  • Name applicant/end-user
  • 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)
  • Applicant contact name
  • 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
  • Normal source of supply (distribution terminal location and supplier)
  • 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)
  • Average monthly usage (estimate of gallons)
  • Additional notes

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 October 2007. Publication # CEC-600-2007-010. Date online: October 26, 2007 (Acrobat PDF file, 11 pages, 173 kilobytes)

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