Statement By the President: Electricity Consumption In California (8/3/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                           August 3,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Today, I am directing all Federal agencies to take steps to reduce
consumption of electricity in California to the maximum extent possible.
As one of the largest power consumers in California, it is critical that
the Federal government take every possible step to reduce non-essential
power consumption at Federal facilities in the state.

     During power shortage emergencies, it also is important that we
increase our generation of power in the West, much of which is supplied to
California customers.  Therefore, I also am directing that Federal agencies
that generate power, and the Federal Power Marketing Administrations, take
all possible steps to maximize the amount of electricity that can be
delivered to California.

     These short-terms measures will assist California utilities and
consumers in meeting electricity needs during this critical period.


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