For immediate release: April 18, 2001
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting -- (916) 654-4989

State Energy Commission Votes to
Begin Review of Rio Linda Power Plant Project

Sacramento -- With a 4 to 0 vote at its Business Meeting on April 18, 2001, the California Energy Commission began a formal review process for construction and operation of the Rio Linda/Elverta Power Plant Project, a nominal 560-megawatt natural gas-fired, combined cycle power generating facility.

The proposed power plant would be owned and operated by FPL Energy Sacramento Power, LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Energy. Site for the project is a 90-acre parcel in the Sacramento County community of Rio Linda, approximately seven miles east of Sacramento International Airport. The power plant and its electrical switchyard will occupy approximately 18 acres within the project site.

The plant is expected to cost between $360-380 million. During construction, the applicant expects to employ up to approximately 400 construction workers. The estimated construction schedule is 20 months, putting the plant on-line in 2004. A permanent professional workforce of approximately 19 people would operate the plant.

Natural gas would be supplied to the Rio Linda project by a new 20-mile-long pipeline running from the community of Yolo. The pipeline would be owned and operated by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Water for the proposed plant -- approximately 2,823 acre-feet per year -- is to be provided by Rio Linda/Elverta Community Water District.

Today's Commission vote marks the start of a 12-month review process. Some of the issues examined over the course of the review include water, land use and zoning, 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.

In a related action, the Energy Commission designated Commissioner Arthur Rosenfeld as the Presiding Member of the Rio Linda/Elverta Power Plant Siting Committee. Commissioner Michal Moore will serve as Associate Member.

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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