For Immediate Release: January 8, 1999
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

14 Projects, 10 Counties, Almost 9,500 Megawatts

Energy Commission anticipates 14 projects in licensing review process

Sacramento -- The California Energy Commission has given a "green light" for three more non-utility companies to submit proposals for a license to construct new natural gas-fired merchant power plants.

On Wednesday, January 6, the five-member Energy Commission voted unanimously to exempt projects planned for Kern and San Mateo Counties from the "Notice of Intent" phase of the state's licensing process. The decision could bring the total number of plans to construct or modernize California power plants to 14 in early 1999. If the Energy Commission were to approve each of these proposals, the projects together could generate as much as 9,493 megawatts of electricity -- enough energy to power nine million typical California homes.

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 before their applicants receive a license to construct and operate the generation facilities.

The three power plant projects most recently authorized to submit applications for certification to the Energy Commission include:

Power facility licensing cases currently being reviewed by the Commission include:

Five other projects are also expected to be brought to the Energy Commission in early 1999. These include:

This new generation of high-technology merchant power plants has been proposed by developers ranging from independent entrepreneurial firms to consortiums of major utilities and construction companies. Together, the projects could represent more than $2 billion of new investment in California's energy generation system.

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