For immediate release: April 20, 2001
Media Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna -- (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Completes
Assessments of 2 Proposed Peaker Power
Plant Projects in Colton

Sacramento — The staff of the California Energy Commission has recommended approval of two summer reliability electrical generation plants proposed for the City of Colton in San Bernardino County.

Alliance Colton LLC has filed applications to construct the small “peaker” plants at existing electricity substations in Colton. Each of the similar projects would be a distributed generation facility producing 40-megawatts of electricity by using four, 10-megawatt, simple cycle gas turbine generators. Both units are almost entirely prepackaged at the factory and can be shipped to the sites on skids, where minimal field construction is required.

If approved at the Energy Commission's Business Meeting on April 25, 2001, the Drews Project would be built at the Drews Substation, 559 South Pepper Avenue, in Colton. The Staff Assessment of this project can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's Web Site at:

The Century Project would be located at the Century Substation, 661 South Cooley Drive. The Staff Assessment of the Century Project is on the Energy Commission's Web Site at:

Site tours and an informational hearing on both projects were held on April 11, 2001.

The Energy Commission is expediting its review of these and other applications for summer reliability projects under its emergency process, making a final decision on such proposals in as soon as 21 days. To meet this schedule, Proposed Decisions on the two Colton plants should be released on April 23, 2001. The documents also will be available on the Energy Commission's Web Site.

The full five-member Energy Commission will consider the Proposed Decision at its business meeting as follows:

Beginning at 10 a.m.
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A
Sacramento, CA
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Governor Davis directed the Energy Commission to use its emergency power plant permitting authority to license new peaking and renewable power plants that can be on-line by September 30, 2001. Typically, peaker power plants are simple-cycle generators that can be constructed in a relatively short period of time, readily connected to the existing electricity transmission and natural gas system, and dispatched quickly to meet peak electricity demands.

Members of the public may participate in the licensing process in a variety of ways. Persons who need information concerning public participation, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser at (916) 654-4489, toll free in California at (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at

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