For immediate release: November 9, 2000
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



Informational Hearing, Site Visit
and Workshop Scheduled
On Proposed United Golden Gate Power Project

Sacramento -- On Thursday, November 16, 2000, members of the public and other interested parties will have an opportunity to learn more about the proposed United Golden Gate Power Project.

If approved, the United Golden Gate Power Project would be a 51-megawatt natural gas-fired, simple cycle, electric generating facility operated to accommodate electrical peak demand through the summer of 2003. The project would be located in San Mateo County at the San Francisco International Airport, adjacent to the United Maintenance Facility.

The site visit, informational hearing and data request workshop will be held on:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2000

Informational Hearing:
1:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn
275 South Airport Blvd.
South San Francisco, California
(Free Parking Available)

Guided Site Visit:
2:30 p.m.

Data Request Workshop:
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
At the same location
(Wheelchair Accessible)

The project applicant, El Paso Merchant Energy, is seeking an expedited permitting decision from the Energy Commission under terms of the California Energy Security and Reliability Act. This law provides for a four-month certification process for simple cycle thermal power plants and related facilities that can be put into service by August 1, 2001. The Energy Commission began its four-month review of this project on October 26, 2000.

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, is available to assist interested individuals or organizations and to provide information on participating in the Commission's certification process. She may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228 or by email: pao@energy.state.ca.us.

Information concerning the status of the United Golden Gate Power Project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is available on the energy Commission's Web Site at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/goldengate

Note to Editors: The Energy Commission offers an automated mail list that e-mails reporters and other interested parties news releases and the notices related to power plant siting cases. Information about the energy Commission's automated list servers is available at:

www.energy.ca.gov/html/listservers.html

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