Community Calendar Announcement

Energy Commission Schedules Informational Hearing
and Site Visit to Proposed Hanford Energy Park Project

Sacramento - On Wednesday, August 2, 2000, members of the public and other interested parties will have an opportunity to learn more about the Hanford Energy Park, a 98.7-megawatt electricity project proposed for construction and operation by GWF Power Systems Company, Inc., in Hanford.

If approved, the Hanford Energy Park Project would be built on approximately 10 acres adjacent to an existing cogeneration power plant owned by the GWF Power Systems Company.

The proposed plant would use natural gas to produce both electricity and thermal energy (steam). The cogeneration project plans to transmit power through a new 1.2-mile, 115-kilovolt transmission line. The electricity would be sold through direct sales agreements and in the spot market on the California Power Exchange.

On May 19, 2000, GWF filed an application for a Small Power Plant Exemption from the California Energy Commission. Commissioner Michal (spelled correctly) Moore, Ph.D., serves as Presiding Member of the Hanford Energy Park Project Siting Committee. Commissioner Arthur H. Rosenfeld is Associate Member.

The Committee is expected to complete its Proposed Decision of the Hanford Power Plant within 135 days of the date on which GWF filed its application for an exemption from the Commission.

The principal water supply source for the proposed Hanford Energy Park Project would be ground water. GWF has a ground water supply with sufficient capacity to meet both the needs of the proposed project as well as the existing power plant.

The California Energy Commission has exclusive jurisdiction to certify all sites and related facilities for thermal power plants in California that generate 50 or more megawatts. The Commission is also allowed to exempt power plants up to 100-megawatts from the Commission's power plant site certification process if it finds that no substantial adverse impact on the environment will result from the construction or operation of the proposed facility. The proposed project must also comply with requirements of other permitting agencies.

What: Informational Hearing and Site Visit
Who: The hearing is an open meeting where interested members of the public are welcome to participate and ask questions about the project.
When: August 2, 2000
Beginning at 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The hearing will take a recess at noon to allow for a site visit, and will reconvene at 2 p.m.
Where: City of Hanford Civic Auditorium
Council Chambers
400 North Douty Street
Hanford, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)
Bus transportation to the site will be provided from the hearing location. Land owners, members of the general public, and governmental agencies are invited to participate in this tour. Reservations to participate in the tour should be made through the Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489, (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at:

The Commission's Web Site contains current information on the proposed project at:

Please feel free to contact me at (916) 654-4989 if you prefer to have your name removed from our mailing list. Thank you.


Mary Ann Costamagna
Information Officer

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