For immediate release: February 7, 2001
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

Energy Commission Siting Committee Recommends Power Plant
in Fast-Growing Riverside-San Bernardino Area



Sacramento -- A California Energy Commission Siting Committee has recommended licensing for the 1056-megawatt Mountainview Power Plant Project proposed for the City of Redlands, in San Bernardino County.

The $600 million project will help to meet existing and anticipated growth in electricity demand in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, two of the fastest growing areas in the United States.

The Siting Committee's Proposed Decision was reached within ten months -- ahead of the normal 12-month schedule prescribed in law. The decision is now available and can be printed from the Energy Commission's Web Site at

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/mountainview/documents

The natural gas-fired, combined cycle generating project, proposed by Thermo Ecotek, would be located at an existing San Bernardino power plant recently annexed by the City of Redlands, at the northeast corner of San Bernardino Avenue and Mountainview Avenue.

Energy Commissioner Michal (spelled correctly) C. Moore serves as Presiding Member of the Mountainview Power Plant Project Review Committee. Commissioner Robert Pernell is the Associate Member.

According to the Committee, the Mountainview 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 on evidence presented at formal hearings.

The new facility will use state-of-the-art Best Available Control Technology to minimize air emissions. Existing transmission lines at the now-operating San Bernardino Power Plant site will carry the power. Contaminated groundwater will be treated and used for power plant cooling, along with reclaimed wastewater from the Redlands Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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