For immediate release: April 12, 2001
Media Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna -- (916) 654-4989

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



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 95-megawatt summer reliability generation facility proposed by GWF Power Systems Company, Inc. (GWF) at the Hanford Electric Park.

The Hanford Energy Park Peaker Project is a simple cycle natural gas-fired power plant proposed for construction and operation on a site immediately adjacent to the existing GWF Hanford cogeneration plant, just north of Idaho Avenue. If approved, the facility is expected to start commercial operation September 1, 2001.

What: Site Visit and Informational Hearing
When: Friday, April 20, 2001
Where: Assemble at 4:30 p.m.
Comfort Inn
10 North Irwin
Hanford, California

Informational Hearing:
6 p.m.
Comfort Inn
10 North Irwin
Hanford, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

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 Hanford Energy Park Peaker.

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 Hanford Energy Park Peaker 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 GWF Hanford 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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