For Immediate Release: June 30, 1999
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

Energy Commission's Siting Committee Recommends Pittsburg District Energy Facility for Licensing

Sacramento -- Enron Corporation's proposed 500-megawatt Pittsburg District Energy Facility (PDEF) located in eastern Contra Costa County was recommended for licensing today by a committee of the California Energy Commission.

The committee's recommendation, contained in the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision, is subject to approval by the full five-member Energy Commission. According to the committee, the project is entitled to certification under the Warren-Alquist Act, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and based upon the evidence presented at formal public hearings.

The PDEF is a combined cycle cogeneration power plant project proposed to be located in the City of Pittsburg on a 12-acre site on East 3rd Street between Harbor and Columbia Streets. The site is on the northwest corner of property owned by USS–POSCO Industries, which will receive approximately 75,000 pounds per hour of process steam and as much as 60-megawatts of electricity from the power plant.

The Proposed Decision contains a description of the Pittsburg District Energy Facility, a summary of the proceedings to date, a summary of the evidence presented on issues in the proceeding, and the Committee's reasons for recommending full Commission certification of the project.

Persons who wish to receive a copy of the 450–page Proposed Decision may send a self-addressed mailing label for Publication Unit, P800-99-011 to the California Energy Commission, Publications Unit, MS–13, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. The Proposed Decision may be accessed on Commission's Web Site at: The PDEF Siting Committee has scheduled a Public Conference on the Proposed Decision as follows: Tuesday, July 20, 1999 Beginning at 6 p.m. Pittsburg City Hall City Council Chambers 65 Civic Avenue Pittsburg, California.

Interested persons may present oral comment on the Proposed Decision at this Committee Conference. Written comments must be submitted to the Commission Docket Unit, 1516 Ninth Street, M S-4, Sacramento, CA 95814, no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, July 30, 1999.

The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, is available to provide additional information about how to participate in this proceeding by calling (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228. E-mail:

EDITOR'S NOTE; Members of the media who wish to receive the seven-page introduction to the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision on the PDEF by FAX may contact the Commission's Media and Public Communications Office at (916) 654-4989. To receive a copy of the entire report, which totals 450 pages, by mail, please call the same number.

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