For immediate release: February 18, 2000
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Drafts
Preliminary Assessment of Proposed
Moss Landing Power Plant Project

A preliminary staff report assessing the proposed construction and operation of the Moss Landing Power Plant Project is now available from the California Energy Commission.

The 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:

On May 7, 1999, Duke Energy Moss Landing LLC filed an Application for Certification seeking approval from the California Energy Commission to construct and operate the proposed 1,060-megawatt Moss Landing Power Plant Project. The project would be located at the existing Moss Landing Power Plant site that was previously operated by PG&E for about 50 years. This site is located at the intersection of Highway 1 and Dolan Road, east of the community of Moss Landing, near the Moss Landing Harbor.

The project, as proposed by Duke Energy, consists of replacing the existing electric power generation Units 1-5, (a total of 613 megawatts built in the 1950s and shut down in 1995), with two 530 MW, natural gas-fired, combined cycle, units. Each combined cycle unit consists of two natural gas-fired combustion turbine generators, two unfired heat recovery steam generators and a condensing steam turbine generator. Each combined cycle unit will use seawater for once-through cooling.

The Moss Landing Power Plant Project and related facilities are under the Energy Commission's jurisdiction. When issuing a license, the Energy Commission acts as lead state agency under the California Environmental Quality Act. The Commission's process is functionally equivalent to the preparation of an environmental impact report.

Based upon an analysis of the information currently available, the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) presents staff's preliminary conclusions and proposed conditions that apply to the design, construction, operation and closure of the proposed facility.

A series of public workshops is scheduled as part of the Commission's comprehensive review of the proposed power project. These workshops allow staff to receive comments on the PSA from the public and local, state and federal agencies for use in its work in preparing the Final Staff Assessment.

The public is encouraged to attend the PSA workshops regarding the proposed Moss Landing Power Project scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, March 1, 2000
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Moss Landing Power Plant Site
The Assembly Room
Highway 1 and Dolan Road
Moss Landing, California

Tuesday, March 7, 2000
(and, if needed, Wednesday, March 8, 2000)
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
California Energy Commission, Hearing Room B
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California 95814
(Both locations are wheelchair accessible)

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:

The Moss Landing PSA is available on the Energy Commission's Web Site at:

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

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