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July 18, 2003

DOE Promotes Smart Energy Use at Atlanta Forum

U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham traveled to Atlanta on July 18th for DOE's first regional natural gas forum, held at Atlanta's Southface Energy Institute. The forum brought together representatives from consumer groups, industry and government for an open discussion on short-term solutions to the natural gas problem.

"While we work to increase our production and storage capacity for natural gas, we must also focus on using our natural gas resources wisely," Secretary Abraham said. "Individuals, business and government can play an important role in reducing energy use."

The Atlanta meeting was the first of several regional forums to be held across the country as part of DOE's Smart Energy Campaign, announced on July 9th. The campaign features the Web site, which provides consumers with specific steps they can take to conserve energy. The Web site also includes public service announcements for downloading and use by radio stations throughout the country. See the DOE press release.

As part of the campaign, Secretary Abraham sent a letter on July 22nd to state public utility commissioners, encouraging them to consider such options as new energy efficiency programs, efforts to reduce electrical demand, and the use of more efficient power sources. See the DOE press release.