For immediate release: November 8, 2000
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989
California Energy Commission Update:
Power Plant Licensing This Week
- Northern California "Peaker" Plants Down to Three
- Contra Costa Preliminary Staff Assessment Released
- Potrero Power Plant Site Visit This Week
- Warnerville Substation Site Visit Next Week
At a special October 31, 2000 Business Meeting, the California Energy Commission determined it had enough information to begin a special, four-month-long review of five power generating facilities designed to produce electricity during times of peak demand. If licensed, each of these temporary Northern California plants would be required to start producing electricity as soon as next summer.
On November 6, 2000, the applicant, Calpine c* Power, withdrew three of its five plants from consideration.
The three projects taken out of consideration would each have used four trailer-mounted simple cycle natural gas-fired turbines to produce energy. They are:
- Martin Substation: A 91.2-megawatt power plant that had been proposed for PG&E's existing Martin Substation in Brisbane, San Mateo County.
- Newark Substation: A 91.2-megawatt power plant that had been proposed to be located at PG&E's Newark Substation in the City of Fremont, Alameda County.
- San Mateo Substation: A 91.2-megawatt power plant that had been proposed to be located at PG&E's San Mateo Substation in the City of San Mateo, San Mateo County.
Three temporary "peaker" projects now remain in the "fast track" licensing process:
- Scott Substation: An 88-megawatt power plant proposed by Calpine for the City of Santa Clara, in Santa Clara County. The temporary plant would be located at the Scott power distribution substation just south of Bayshore Freeway, Highway 101, and west of the Southern Pacific rail line. The plant would consist of two simple-cycle natural gas-fired turbines.
- Warnerville Substation: An 86.4-megawatt power generating facility proposed by Calpine for Stanislaus County, 3.5 miles southeast of Oakdale, at the Hetch Hetchy Power Agency's Warnerville Substation. The plant would consist of two simple cycle, natural-gas-fired turbines.
- United Golden Gate: El Paso Merchant Energy is planning to place a 51-megawatt, simple cycle "peaker" project at the San Francisco International Airport. The project was accepted by the Energy Commission as data adequate on October 25, 2000.
Under the special four-month siting process, simple cycle plants can receive a three-year operating permit if they present no significant adverse environmental impacts and are equipped with best available air emissions control technology. Eligible plants had to have their application found complete by the Energy Commission by October 31, 2000, and must be on-line by August 1, 2001. These plants would be required to be removed or converted to a cleaner, more efficient combined cycle within three years.
Additional information about these projects can be found on the Energy Commission's Web Site at:
Contra Costa Preliminary Staff Assessment Released
A preliminary report by the Energy Commission assessing the construction and operation of the proposed Contra Costa Power Plant is now available.
A draft report, the Preliminary Staff Assessment reflects currently available information. It contains conclusions and recommendations about the environmental and engineering aspects of the project that may change by the time the staff finalizes its Staff Assessment. It is not a final decision.
The proposed power plant is a $300 million, 530-megawatt natural gas-fired, combined cycle facility which would be located within the existing Contra Costa Power Plant complex in Contra Costa County, near the City of Antioch.
The project and its related facilities -- such as electric transmission lines, natural gas lines and water supply lines -- 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 preparing an environmental impact report.
The report can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's Web Site located at:
Potrero Power Plant Site Visit This Week
San Francisco residents and other interested parties will have an opportunity to learn about the proposed Potrero Power Plant Project at an informational hearing and site tour on Thursday afternoon, November 9, 2000.
The proposed project would add a 540-megawatt natural gas-fired, combined cycle power generating facility to the existing Potrero Power Plant in San Francisco. The facility would be owned and operated by Southern Energy Potrero LLC, a direct subsidiary of Southern Energy California.
Information about the hearing and tour is on the Energy Commission's Web Site at:
Warnerville Substation Site Visit Next Week
One of the first steps in the licensing process is a site tour and informational hearing to give landowners, residents and other interested parties the opportunity to learn about a proposed power plant and to understand how they can take part in the process.
The first site visit for the Warnerville Substation, one of the expedited "peaker" plants, will take place on Friday afternoon, November 17, 2000 in Stanislaus County. The 86.4-megawatt project is proposed for construction on privately owned land adjacent to the Hetch Hetchy Water and Power Company's substation on Warnerville Road, approximately three miles from the town of Oakdale. Following an hour-long tour of the site, the information hearing will convene in the City Council Chambers in Oakdale.
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