For immediate release: December 28, 1999
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

State Energy Commission Siting Committee
Recommends Delta Energy Center for Licensing

Sacramento - The 880-megawatt Delta Energy Center, proposed for the City of Pittsburg in Contra Costa County, was recommended for licensing by a committee of the California Energy Commission.

The project, proposed by Calpine Corporation and Bechtel Enterprises, Inc., is expected to cost between $350-$450 million and create 24 permanent jobs. It would be a natural gas-fired power plant sited on a 20-acre parcel owned by Dow Chemical in the eastern industrialized portion of Pittsburg. The power plant, expected to reach full-scale commercial operation by mid-year 2002, would supply the adjacent Dow Chemical facility with process steam and about 20 megawatts of electricity.

According to the Energy Commission's committee licensing recommendation, the California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) has a project labor agreement with the Delta Energy Center to supply qualified workers from the local region for the construction, maintenance, and operation of the power plant.

Proposed facilities would include a new 3.3 mile, 230 kilovolt electric overhead/underground transmission line that will interconnect to the existing PG&E substation near the Pittsburg Power Plant; a new 5.2 mile natural gas fuel supply line that connects with PG&E's Line 400 in Antioch; and wastewater supply and discharge pipelines connected to the adjacent Delta Diablo Sanitation District. A 0.8 mile 13.8 kilovolt line will supply electricity to Dow.

The plant's electrical output will be sold into the California Power Exchange, as well as to wholesale power consumers pursuant to sales agreements.

Energy Commission Chairman William J. Keese is the Presiding Member of the Delta Energy Center Power Plant Siting Committee. Commissioner Robert Pernell serves as the Committee's Second Member.

The 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 Delta Energy Center 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 325-page Proposed Decision contains a description of the Delta 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 the Energy Commission's Publications Unit, 1516 Ninth Street, MS 13, Sacramento, CA 95814. The Proposed Decision may be accessed on the Commission's Web Site at

The Delta Energy Center Siting Committee has scheduled a Public Teleconference on the Proposed Decision as follows:

When: Thursday, January 13, 2000
4 p.m.
Where: California Energy Commission
Hearing Room B
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California
Call toll free: 1-888-529-9602
Passcode DELTA

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 January 26, 2000.

The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, can provide additional information about how to participate in this Conference. Contact her at (916) 654-4489, toll-free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at:


EDITOR'S NOTE; Members of the media who wish to receive the eight page introduction to the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision on the Delta Energy Center by FAX may contact the Energy Commission's Media and Communications Office at (916) 654-4989. To receive a copy of the entire proposed decision, which totals 325 pages, by mail, please call the same number.

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