For Immediate Release: June 24, 1999
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989
New Electrical Generation Projects
Spread To Six Counties
Latest California Energy Project Proposals
Name Shasta, Santa Clara Counties as Sites
Sacramento - In separate actions, the California Energy Commission has voted to begin reviewing plans for proposals to construct and operate two power plants: one in Burney, Shasta County; and one in San Jose, Santa Clara County.
Shasta County's proposed Three Mountain Power Project would be a nominal 500-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined cycle power plant. Its proposal includes two advanced technology combustion turbines, one or more steam turbines, and supporting equipment. The $300 million project, proposed by Three Mountain Power, LLC (Ogden Pacific Power) of Redding, California, is planned for a location adjacent to an existing 10-megawatt waste wood-fueled power plant in Burney. If approved, the project would connect to existing 230-kilowatt Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) transmission lines located near the site.
The Commission's vote also starts the review process for the Metcalf Energy Center, a 600-megawatt power plant proposed for a site in southern San Jose, approximately one-half mile west of the PG&E Metcalf substation.
Metcalf Energy Center would feature two advanced technology combustion gas turbine generators. As a combined cycle power plant, it would be fueled by natural gas from an existing PG&E "backbone" transmission line which is located less than one mile from the site. The project would interconnect with an existing 230-kilowatt transmission line located less than 500 feet from the proposed location.
Both actions mark the start of a 12-month process during which the Commission ensures that the process for reviewing these projects will comply with provisions of the Warren-Alquist Act and the California Environmental Quality Act. The Commission will be seeking public input during its review of the two new projects.
In related actions, the Energy Commission also designated Energy Commissioner William J. Keese as Presiding Member of the Three Mountain Power Project Review Committee. Commissioner Robert A. Laurie will serve as Associate Member. For the Metcalf Energy Center Review Committee, Commissioner Robert A. Laurie will serve as Presiding Member, with Commissioner William J. Keese assisting as Associate Member.
During the certification process, each Committee is responsible for overseeing all hearings and related proceedings on the proposed facilities. Once the review process is complete, each Committee will formulate formal recommendations for other Commissioners to consider before a final action is taken at a full hearing of the Energy Commission.
Statewide Electrical Generation Project Update
The Three Mountain Power Project and the Metcalf Energy Center represent the seventh and eighth projects currently under Energy Commission review. Other projects include:
- Pittsburg District Energy Facility, Contra Costa County (500 megawatts)
- Elk Hills Power Project, Kern County (500 megawatts)
- Sunrise Cogeneration, Kern County (300-megawatts)
- La Paloma Generating Project, Kern County (1,048-megawatts)
- Delta Energy Center, Contra Costa County (880-megawatts)
- High Desert Power Plant Project, San Bernardino County (680-720-megawatts)
On April 15, 1999, the Energy Commission voted to approve the Calpine Corporation's $300 million, 500-megawatt Sutter Power Project, a natural gas-fueled, combined cycle electric generation facility approximately seven miles southwest of Yuba City.
The Energy Commission has jurisdiction to certify the site and related facilities for thermal power plants in California that generate more than 50 megawatts of electricity. The Commission's review process includes a comprehensive and objective analysis of all issues including but not limited to public health and safety, air quality, hazardous materials, environmental impacts, engineering design and need. The process fulfills the obligations of the California Environmental Quality Act.
The Energy Commission's Web Site provides information on the proposed projects at:
Three Mountain Power Project: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/threemountain
Metcalf Energy Center: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/metcalf
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