Discussion of some of the critical elements of governmental regulatory policy that are likely to affect the availability and distribution of energy--natural gas, petroleum products, and electric power--in California during the present period of scarcity. The author recommends that the state be institutionally prepared for the following energy allocation decisions: (1) participation in the Federal Power Commission's (FPC's) review of its end use natural gas priorities; (2) development of a state policy on natural gas development, conservation, and distribution that takes account of prospective FPC reallocation policies; (3) representation of the state's interests in acquisition of low sulfur petroleum products; and (4) redistribution of electric utility fuels and/or power output in the context of a statewide energy policy. (Statement before the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Committee on Planning and Land Use, California State Assembly, Sacramento, December 11, 1973.) 21 pp. Ref.