For immediate release: April 13, 2001
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting -- (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Siting Committee
Recommends Approval of
Three Mountain Power Plant Project

Sacramento -- A California Energy Commission Siting Committee has recommended licensing of the 500-megawatt Three Mountain Power Plant Project being proposed for construction approximately one mile northeast of the town of Burney, approximately 50 miles east of Redding, in Shasta County

The recommendation comes in the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released Friday, April 13, 2001. This document is not a final decision on the power plant project being proposed by Three Mountain LLC, entirely owned by Ogden Power Corporation.

The Siting Committee will hold a public conference to receive comments on its decision at this location and time:

Thursday, April 26, 2001
Beginning at 1:30 p.m.
California Energy Commission
First Floor Hearing Room B
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California
(wheelchair accessible)

If no comments are received to change the substantive findings of the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision, the Energy Commission will consider approving the document at a regularly scheduled Business Meeting in May 2001.

The decision is now available on the Energy Commission's Web Site at:

The Three Mountain Power Plant would be a combined cycle, natural gas-fired, electricity-generating facility built on a 40-acre site, adjacent to an existing 10-megawatt biomass-fired power plant owned by Ogden Pacific Power of Redding.

If approved by the Commission, the $300 million project should begin construction in the third quarter of 2001, providing as many as 388 construction jobs. The power plant should be on-line by mid- to late-2002, providing electricity to the California market and to other markets.

Energy Commission Chairman William Keese serves as Presiding Member of the Three Mountain Power Plant Project Review Committee. Commissioner Robert Laurie is the Associate Member.

According to the Committee, the Three Mountain project is entitled to certification not only under local ordinances and regulations but under the Warren-Alquist Act and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), based on evidence presented at formal hearings.

The new facility will use state-of-the-art Best Available Control Technology to minimize air emissions. The Burney Water District will supply up to 1,250-acre feet of water per year to the project. The water supply will come from new wells, water shared with the existing biomass facility, and reclaimed water from the Burney Water District's Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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Members of the general public and interested parties may participate and offer comments at the April 26, 2001 conference. Persons requiring information on how to participate should contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at .

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