For immediate release: March 14, 2001
Media Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna -- 916 654-4989

Energy Commission Schedules Non-Evidentiary
Public Hearings on Metcalf Energy Center

Sacramento - The Committee overseeing the application for certification for the Metcalf Energy Center will hold non-evidentiary hearings Wednesday, March 14, 2001. If necessary, the hearings will continue on Friday, March 16, 2001.

These non-evidentiary hearings are held so that the Committee can hear comments from the parties in the case regarding the appropriate legal and conceptual criteria for the Commission to apply in considering an override of local land use requirements. The comments are not made under oath and are not subject to cross examination.

(Statements Limited to Public Officials, and
Representatives of Interested Organizations)

[Following the already-announced daytime Evidentiary Hearing]

-and if necessary-

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2001
Both Evening Sessions Begin at 7 p.m.
#412 Coyote Grange Hall
Coyote Valley
San Jose, California
(located on the east side of Monterey Road
between Metcalf Road and Bailey Avenue, south of San Jose)
(Wheelchair Accessible)


Comments by Members of the General Public
FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2001

Beginning at 7 p.m.
County of Santa Clara
1555 Berger Drive, Building 2
San Jose, Calfornia
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Spokespersons for organizations and interested governmental agencies are encouraged to participate on the evening of March 14, 2001, and may offer unsworn public comment about the Metcalf project. The hearing to be held on the evening of March 23, 2001, will be primarily reserved for public comments.

The Commission's public adviser, Roberta Mendonca, is available to provide information or assist those interested in participating at these hearings. She may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free, at (800) 822-6228; or by e-mail at:

If approved, the Metcalf Energy Center would be located just west of Monterey Road, between Metcalf Road to the north and Blanchard Road to the south. The proposed project would be a natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant, with a 230-kilovolt switchyard and approximately 200 feet of new 230-kilovolt transmission line.

The Energy Commission's Web Site contains more information on the proposed Metcalf Energy Center Project at:

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