For immediate release: March 31, 2001
Media Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Completes Assessment of
Proposed Indigo Peaker Power Plant Project

Sacramento -- The staff of the California Energy Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Indigo Energy Facility in the City of Palm Spring.s is now available from the California Energy Commission.

The Staff Assessment of the proposed Indigo Peaker Project can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's Web Site located at:

The report contains the Energy Commission staff's independent analysis of the Indigo Energy Facility, a 135-megawatt summer reliability generation facility proposed for licensing by Wildflower Energy Limited Partnership.

The Indigo Energy Facility is proposed for construction and operation at a site approximately one-half mile northwest of the Indian Avenue interchange with Interstate 10 in Palm Springs. The proposed simple-cycle project would consist of three natural gas-fired turbine generators equipped with state-of-the-art pollution controls.

The facility owner has an Independent System Operator's Summer Reliability Agreement and is expected to begin selling power under contract to the California Department of Water Resources by July 1, 2001..

Governor Davis directed the Energy Commission to use its emergency power plant permitting authority to license new peaking and renewable power plants that can be on-line by September 30, 2001. The emergency permitting includes peaker projects that have Independent System Operator contracts. Typically, peaker power plants are simple-cycle generators that can be constructed in a relatively short period of time, readily connected to the existing electricity transmission and natural gas system, and dispatched quickly to meet peak electricity demands.

A site tour and informational hearing was held on the proposed project on March 27, 2001. The Energy Commission plans to expedite its review of the Indigo Energy Facility and applications for other peaker projects under its emergency process, making a final decision on such proposals in as soon as 21 days.

To meet this schedule, Energy Commission Chairman William J. Keese will issue a Proposed Decision on the Indigo Energy Facility on April 2, 2001. This document will be available on the Energy Commission's Web Site. The full five-member Energy Commission will consider the Proposed Decision at its business meeting as follows:

Beginning at 10 a.m.
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Members of the public may participate in the licensing process in a variety of ways. Persons who need information concerning public participation, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser at (916) 654-4489, toll free in California at (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at

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