For immediate release: April 4, 2001
Media Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna (916) 654-4989

State Energy Commission Votes to Begin
Review of Pastoria Expansion Project

Sacramento -- With a 4 to 0 vote at its Business Meeting on April 4, 2001, the California Energy Commission has begun the formal review process for construction and operation of a 250-megawatt expansion to the existing Pastoria Energy Facility.

The proposed Pastoria Energy Facility expansion would incorporate one additional natural gas-fired, combustion turbine generator operating in combined cycle mode into the original three-unit facility, for a total of four units. The additional generator would be installed with a heat recovery steam generator to provide steam to a steam turbine.

The Commission vote marks the start of a 12-month review process. Some of the issues examined over the course of the review include public health and safety, air quality, hazardous materials, environmental impacts, environmental justice, and engineering design. Public input is a key element in each phase of the Energy Commission's power plant certification process.

If approved, the existing plant would continue to use Best Available Control Technology to minimize gas turbine emissions. The Pastoria Energy Facility expansion would not require the upgrade of fuel.

The proposed expansion is expected to cost between $125 and $250 million and to be operational by April 2004.

The Energy Commission's Web Site provides information on the proposed project at:

Persons requiring information on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the proposed project should contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at .

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