For immediate release: April 11, 2001
Media Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna -- (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Schedules Hearing,
Tour of Proposed Power Plant Site in King City



Sacramento - The California Energy Commission has scheduled a hearing and site tour for members of the public and other parties interested in learning about a 50-megawatt summer reliability generation facility proposed by Calpine.

The Calpine King City LM 6000 project is proposed for construction and operation on a site of leased property adjacent to the existing King City Co-Generation facility at 750 Metz Road.

If approved for licensing by the Energy Commission, the proposed natural gas-fired simple cycle peaking facility would connect to PG&E's transmission system. Natural gas would be provided through a connection to the existing facility's gas supply. The project would use well water, on-site water treatment units and the existing cogeneration wastewater system.

The facility is expected to begin selling power under contract with the Department of Water Resources by September 30, 2001.

What: Site Visit and Informational Hearing
When: Thursday, April 19, 2001
Where: Assemble at 5 p.m.
King City, City Hall
212 South Vanderhurst Avenue
King City, California

Informational Hearing:
6 p.m.
King City, City Hall
Council Chambers
212 South Vanderhurst Avenue
King City, California

Landowners, members of the general public, and interested agencies are encouraged to participate in the Site Visit and the Informational Hearing on the proposed licensing of the Calpine King City Project.

The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, can assist interested individuals and organizations and provide information on participating in the Commission's emergency siting process. Persons planning to attend the site visit should notify Ms. Mendonca, 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 Calpine King City Project 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 Calpine King City Project is being reviewed by the Energy Commission under terms of an expedited process that could approve the plant in as quickly as 21 days.

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

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

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