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

Energy Commission Staff Recommends Approval of
Proposed Larkspur Peaker Power Plant Project



Sacramento -- The staff of the California Energy Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Larkspur Energy Facility in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego.

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

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

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

The 90-megawatt Larkspur Energy Facility is proposed for construction and operation at the corner of Harvest Road and Otay Mesa Road in the City of San Diego. The proposed simple-cycle project would utilize two dual-fueled, natural gas-fired turbine-generators equipped with state-of-the-art air pollution control features.

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 this summer.

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 and have not begun the licensing process with local jurisdictions. Typically, peaker power plants are simple-cycle generators that can be constructed in a relatively short period of time, and 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 22, 2001. The Energy Commission plans to expedite its review of the Larkspur 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 Commissioner Robert Pernell will issue a Proposed Decision on the Larkspur 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 adopting the Proposed Decision at its business meeting as follows:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2001
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 pao@energy.state.ca.us

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