For Immediate Release: February 19, 1998
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



State Energy Commission Schedules
Informational Hearing and Site Visit
To Proposed Sutter Power Project
(Docket No. 97-AFC-2)



On Tuesday, March 3, 1998, members of the public and other interested parties will have an opportunity to learn more about the proposed Sutter Power Plant.

The project as proposed by Calpine Corporation is a 500 megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined cycle power plant to be located adjacent to Calpine's Greenleaf Unit #1 Cogeneration Power Plant, approximately seven miles southwest of Yuba City, on South Township Road near the intersection with Best Road. The electricity generated from the proposed project will be sold in California's emerging competitive electricity market.

What: INFORMATIONAL HEARING AND SITE VISIT

When: Tuesday, March 3, 1998, beginning at 10 a.m.

Where: Veterans Memorial Community Building
1425 Circle Drive
Yuba City, CA
Wheelchair Accessible

A Tour of the Proposed Site of the Sutter Power Plant will begin immediately after the Informational Hearing. Transportation will be available. Persons who wish to participate in the tour should notify Ms. Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, no later than February 24, 1998.

Why: At the Informational Hearing, the applicant and California Energy Commission staff will provide individuals and interested governmental agencies an overview of the proposed project.

Licensing of the electric generating plant and related facilities is under the Energy Commission's jurisdiction. The powerplant certification process, which contains requirements equivalent to those of the California Environmental Quality Act, will examine all relevant engineering and environmental aspects of the proposed project. Because the project will tie into the Western Area Power Administration's (Western's) high voltage transmission line, the review of the project will be completed jointly with that agency.

Western will act as the project lead for purposes of National Environmental Policy Act compliance, as well as other Federal laws, regulations, and policies. The Energy Commission and Western will work together to prepare a joint document, which will be referred to as the Final Staff Assessment/Draft Environmental Impact Statement, to satisfy the requirements of both processes.

During the hearing, the public, representatives of governmental agencies and other interested parties will be able to obtain information and offer comments on the application, including plans for the proposed site and related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the administrative licensing process and its role in reviewing the project's Application for Certification.

The applicant and Commission staff will also discuss proposed schedules and possible issues which may be significant during this proceeding.

The Commission's Public Adviser will be available to assist interested individuals or groups and to provide information on participating in the Commission's licensing process. If you require special accommodations, contact Robert Sifuentes at (916) 654-5004.

Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is also available on the Energy Commission's Internet home page at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/sutterpower


Note to Editors: Media inquiries about the March 3rd Informational Hearing and Site Tour should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, California Energy Commission Media and Communications Office at (916) 654-4989.

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