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For immediate release: July 20, 1999

State Energy Commission Siting Committee
Recommends La Paloma Generation Project for Licensing

Sacramento -- La Paloma Generating Company's proposed 1,048-megawatt electrical generation project located on a 23-acre site near the town of McKittrick in Kern County, west of Bakersfield, was recommended for licensing today by a committee of the California Energy Commission.

The proposed project, expected to cost $500 million and to create 35 permanent jobs, is a natural gas-fired, combined cycle facility. The combined cycle power block consists of four combustion turbine generators, four heat recovery steam generators and exhaust stacks, and four steam turbines.

A proposed new 14-mile bundled 230 kilovolt (kV) double circuit overhead transmission line will be built to interconnect to the east at the Midway Substation near Buttonwillow, California. Natural gas will be supplied by facilities jointly owned by the Kern River and Mojave Pipeline Company. A proposed new 370-foot-long pipeline would be constructed across Reserve Road and tapped into a lateral of the system. A proposed pipeline from McKittrick would convey potable water.

California Aqueduct water from the West Kern Water District would supply project water via a proposed new eight-mile pipeline. Construction will include a turnout from the aqueduct, a pump station and a 700,000-gallon water storage tank. The proposed transmission route would parallel the Midway-Sunset 230-kV line; the water supply would largely follow Highway 58.

Energy Commissioner Robert A. Laurie is the Presiding Member of the La Paloma Power Plant Siting Committee, with Commissioner and Vice Chair David A. Rohy serving as Second Member.

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 proposed La Paloma project is entitled to certification under the Warren-Alquist Act and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), based upon the evidence presented at formal public hearings.

The 343-page Proposed Decision contains a description of the La Paloma project, 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 Proposed Decision may send a self-addressed mailing label to Publications Unit, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-13, Sacramento, CA 95814. The Proposed Decision may be accessed on the Commission's Web Site at:

The La Paloma Siting Committee has scheduled a Public Conference on the Proposed Decision as follows:

When: August 24, 1999, beginning at 10 a.m.
Where: Hearing Room B
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, 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, MS-4, Sacramento, CA 95814, no later than 5 p.m. on August 20, 1999.

The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, is available to provide additional information about how to participate in this Conference 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 La Paloma Project by FAX may contact the Energy Commission's Media and Communications Office at (916) 654-4989. To receive a copy of the entire report, which totals 343 pages, by mail, please call the same number.

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