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 San Diego County

On Thursday, March 22, 2001, members of the public and other interested parties can learn about the Larkspur Energy Facility, a 90-megawatt summer reliability generation facility proposed for licensing by Wildflower Energy Limited Partnership.

The Larkspur Energy Facility is proposed for construction and operation at the corner of Harvest Road and Otay Mesa Road in the Otay Mesa area of the City of San Diego. The proposed simple cycle project would utilize two dual-fueled, gas turbine engine-generators equipped with state-of-the-art air pollution control features. The facility is part of the Independent System Operator's reliability generation agreement and is expected to begin selling power under contract to the California Department of Water Resources by July 31, 2001.
What: Site Visit and Informational Hearing
When: Thursday, March 22, 2001
Beginning at 4 p.m.
Where: Site Visit:
Assemble at 4 p.m.
City of Chula Vista Public Service Building
276 Fourth Avenue
Chula Vista, California

Informational Hearing:
5 p.m.
City of Chula Vista Public Service Building
Council Chambers
276 Fourth Avenue
Chula Vista, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Landowners, members of the general public, and interested agencies are encouraged to participate.

The Commission's public adviser, Roberta Mendonca, will be available to assist and provide information on participating in the Commission's emergency siting process. Persons planning to attend the site visit should notify Ms. Mendonca no later than March 21, 2001, at (916) 654-4489, or toll-free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us.

Typically, "peakers" 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 Larkspur Energy Facility has applied to the Energy Commission's emergency siting process to meet this summer's 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 public's health or safety or California's environment.

More information about the proposed Larkspur Energy Facility is available on the Energy Commission's Web Site at:

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

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