For immediate release: August 29, 2000
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

Energy Commission Siting Committee
Recommends Moss Landing Power Plant Licensing Conditions

Sacramento -- A California Energy Commission Siting Committee has recommended that Duke Energy's proposed 1,060-megawatt Moss Landing Power Project located in Monterey County should be given full Commission approval.

The Moss Landing Siting Committee recommends the plant be approved for construction and operation at the existing Moss Landing Power Plant site that was previously operated by PG&E for approximately 50 years.

The Energy Commission Committee's Proposed Decision on the project is available and can be printed from the Energy Commission's Web Site at: cases/mosslanding/documents

Commission Chairman William J. Keese serves as Presiding Member of the Moss Landing Siting Committee and Commissioner Michal (spelled correctly) C. Moore, Ph.D., is Associate Member.

According to the Committee, the Moss Landing project is entitled to certification not only under local ordinances and regulations but under the Warren-Alquist Act and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), based upon evidence presented at formal public hearings.

The Proposed Decision contains a description of the 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.

In its Decision, the Committee has specified that Duke Energy will pay $7 million to support steps that mitigate the impacts of the power plant's operations on the area's marine biology.

The $500 million Moss Landing Power Plant Project is a natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant to be located at the intersection of Highway 1 and Dolan Road, east of the community of Moss Landing, near the Moss Landing Harbor. The Commission began its review of the project in August 1999.

The project, as proposed by Duke Energy, consists of replacing the existing electrical power generation Units 1 5, a total of 613 megawatts, which were built in the 1950s and taken out of operation in 1995. Each new combined cycle unit consists of two natural gas-fired combustion turbine generators, two unfired heat recovery steam generators and a reheat, condensing steam turbine generator. Each of these units will use seawater for once-through cooling. The proposed project is scheduled to be on-line by summer of 2002. If approved, the project will increase the total generating capacity of the Moss Landing plant to approximately 2,590 megawatts.

The Moss Landing Siting Committee has scheduled a conference on the Proposed Decision as follows:

THURSDAY, September 21, 2000
Beginning at 9 a.m.
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Seminar Room 8272 Moss Landing Road
Moss Landing, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, can provide 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

Note to Editors: Members of the media who wish to receive a copy of the Executive Summary portion of the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision on the Moss Landing Power Plant may do so by calling the Commission's Media and Communications Office at (916) 654-4989.

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