For immediate release: January 26, 2000
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



Energy Commission Staff Completes
First of Two-Part Review of
Proposed Three Mountain Power Plant



Sacramento-The first part of a final staff assessment of the proposed construction and operation of the Three Mountain Power Project is now available from the California Energy Commission.


The report and a detailed description of the proposed power project 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 Three Mountain Power Project is a nominal 500-megawatt natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant. It would be comprised of two advanced technology combustion turbines, one or more steam turbines, and supporting equipment.


This power plant would be built adjacent to an existing 10-megawatt waste-wood-fueled power plant in Burney, California. It would interconnect to existing 230-kilovolt Pacific Gas and Electric transmission lines located near the project site. The plant is expected to cost $300 million.

Based, in part, on information gained at public workshops held in Burney and on independent field study, the staff's final assessment of the Three Mountain Power Project presents its analysis of environmental, public health and safety, and engineering elements of the project. The report includes conclusions and conditions of certification for the design, construction, operation and closure of the proposed facility.

The assessment is also based on information from the Three Mountain Power Project's application for certification and subsequent revisions; responses to data requests; supplemental information from local, state and federal agencies; and local citizens and interested parties.

Part one of the staff's independent assessment of the proposed project covers 19 different technical areas. Four remaining subjects-air quality, soil and water resources, biological resources, and alternatives-will be covered in the second part of the staff's final assessment, scheduled to be published on March 17, 2000.

Energy Commission staff will conduct an issues resolution workshop that will be held in Burney on February 3, 2000 beginning at 9 a.m. at:

Burney Veteran's Hall
37410 Main Street
Burney, California

The final staff assessment of the proposed Three Mountain Power Project will become part of the factual record the Commission uses to reach a final decision on the project proposal. This factual record is developed over the course of a series of formal evidentiary hearings to be held on the project.

A pre-hearing conference on the proposed Three Mountain Power Project has also been scheduled on February 3, 2000, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Burney Veteran's Hall at the same location listed above.

Persons requiring information on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the proposed project should contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at: pao@energy.state.ca.us.



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Editor's note: Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Energy Commission Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989. Members of the media may request a "hard" copy of the first part of the final staff assessment of the proposed Three Mountain Power Project by calling the same number.





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