For immediate release: March 19, 2001
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting -- (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Schedules Informational Hearing,
Site Visit for Proposed Power Plant in Riverside County

On Tuesday, March 27, 2001, members of the public and other interested parties can learn about the Indigo Energy Facility, a 135-megawatt summer reliability electrical generation project proposed in the City of Palm Springs by Wildflower Energy LP, a Houston, Texas-based company.

If approved, the simple cycle natural-gas power plant would consist of three turbine engine-generators equipped with state-of-the-art air pollution controls. The facility is part of the Independent System OperatorŐs reliability generation agreement and is expected to be on-line and ready to begin selling power under contract to the Department of Water Resources on June 1, 2001.

What: Site Visit and Informational Hearing
When: Tuesday, March 27, 2001
Beginning at 4 p.m.
Where: 4 p.m.
Assemble at: Palm Springs City Hall
3200 Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, California

Informational Hearing:
6 p.m.
Palm Springs City Hall Council Chambers
3200 Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Following the site visit an Informational Hearing will be held, beginning at approximately 6 p.m. Landowners, members of the general public, and interested agencies are encouraged to participate.

The CommissionŐs public adviser, Roberta Mendonca, will be available to assist and provide information on participating in the CommissionŐs emergency siting process. Persons planning to attend the site visit should notify Ms. Mendonca no later than March 23, 2001, at (916) 654-4489, or toll-free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us.

Typically ŇpeakersÓ are simple cycle power plants that can be constructed in a relatively small area, do not require water supplies for cooling, and can readily be connected to the existing transmission and natural-gas systems.

The proposed Indigo Energy Facility has applied to the Energy CommissionŐs emergency siting process to meet this summerŐs electricity needs. The goal of the emergency process is to license power plants that can be on-line by July 31, 2001, without sacrificing the publicŐs health or safety or CaliforniaŐs environment.

More information about the proposed Indigo Energy Facility is available on the Energy CommissionŐs Web Site at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/peakers/indigo/

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