For Immediate Release: July 27, 1998
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

Proposed Power Projects - An Overview

Electricity Market Deregulation Sparks Private Sector Investment Proposals

Stimulated by the deregulation of state's retail electricity market, power project developers have indicated that, in addition to the four projects currently in the licensing process, plans for as many as eight more projects may be brought to the California Energy Commission for review.

Plant developers, ranging from independent entrepreneurial firms to consortiums of major utilities and construction companies, are expected to present the Commission with proposals for projects to produce more than 7,000 megawatts of energy to markets both inside and outside of California.

From all indications, this new generation of high-technology "merchant" power plants, paid for by private investors, not consumer ratepayers, will be cleaner, more efficient and more cost-effective than their aging predecessor plants.

The Energy Commission's power plant review, a 12-month process, ensures that all proposed projects comply with provisions of the Warren-Alquist Act and the California Environmental Quality Act prior to receiving a license to construct and operate such generation facilities.

Current power plant proposals under the review of the Energy Commission include:

Other projects expected to be brought to the Energy Commission for review include:

Information about current and anticipated applications for power plant licensing is available on the Energy Commission's Web Site located at:

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