For immediate release: December 23, 1999
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



Energy Commission Staff Drafts
Preliminary Assessment of Proposed
Three Mountain Power Project



A preliminary staff report assessing the proposed construction and operation of the 500-megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle Three Mountain Power Project is now available from the California Energy Commission.

This draft report includes a detailed description of the proposed power project. The report can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's Web Site located at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/threemountain

Proposed by Three Mountain Power, LLC (Ogden Pacific Power), the electrical generating plant would be constructed in northeastern Shasta County, approximately one mile northeast of Burney and 45 miles east of Redding.

The Three Mountain Power project would be comprised of two combustion turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine. If approved for construction and operation, the power plant would be built on a 40-acre, industrially–zoned site adjacent to an existing 10-megawatt waste wood-fueled power plant. The project would connect to existing 230-kilovolt Pacific Gas and Electric transmission lines located near the project site.

This power plant and related facilities, such as the electric transmission line, natural gas pipeline and water lines, are under the Energy Commission's jurisdiction and cannot be constructed or operated without the Commission's certification.

The Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) is a staff draft document, not a Committee or Commission decision or proposed decision. Commission staff prepared this assessment in accordance with the Public Resources Code and the California Environmental Quality Act.

Based upon an analysis of the information currently available, the PSA presents preliminary conclusions and proposed conditions that apply to the design, construction, operation and closure of the proposed facility, if certified.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Members of the media who wish to be mailed a copy of the Three Mountain Power Project PSA, or would like to receive a copy of the Executive Summary by FAX, should contact the Energy Commission's Media and Communications Office at (916) 654-4989.

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