For immediate release: April 6, 2001
Media Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna -- (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Schedules Informational Hearing,
Tours to Proposed Power Plant Sites in San Bernardino County



Sacramento - The California Energy Commission has scheduled a hearing and site tour for members of the public and other parties interested in learning about proposals to construct two power plants in the city of Colton, San Bernardino County.

The Energy Commission received proposals from Alliance Colton LLC to construct the two summer reliability electrical generation plants at existing electrical substations. Each project would be a distributed generation facility producing 40-megawatts of electricity by using four, 10-megawatt, simple cycle gas turbine generators.

If approved, the Drews Project would be built at the Drews Substation, 559 South Pepper Avenue. The Century Project would be located at the Century Substation, 661 South Cooley Drive. Both generating units are almost entirely prepackaged at the factory and can be shipped to the sites on skids where minimal field construction is required.

What: Site Visits and Informational Hearing
When: Wednesday, April 11, 2001
Beginning at 4 p.m.
Where: Site Visit:
4 p.m.
Assemble at: City Council Chambers
Colton City Hall
650 North La Cadena Avenue
Colton, California

Informational Hearing:
6 p.m.
Colton City Hall
650 North La Cadena Avenue
Colton, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Following the site visits, 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 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 April 10, 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 Alliance Colton Projects 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 September 30, 2001, without sacrificing the public's health or safety or California's environment.

The Alliance Colton Projects are being reviewed by the Energy Commission under terms of an expedited process that could approve the plants in as quickly as 21 days.

More information about the proposed Colton-based projects is available on the Energy Commission's Web Site at:

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

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