For immediate release: April 25, 2001
Media Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna -- (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Recommends
Approval of Proposed King City
Peaker Power Plant Project



Sacramento -- The California Energy Commission has recommended approval of the King City Energy Facility, a summer reliability power plant proposed for Monterey County. The Staff Assessment of the proposed project can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's Web Site located at:

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

Not a final decision, the report contains the Energy Commission staff's independent analysis of the King City Energy Facility proposed by Calpine Corporation. The 50-megawatt power plant would be constructed and operated on leased property adjacent to the existing King City Co-Generation facility, at 750 Metz Road in King City.

Calpine Corporation expects to begin selling power from the peaker project under contract to the California Department of Water Resources by this summer.

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, and readily connected to the existing electricity transmission and natural gas system, and dispatched quickly to meet peak electricity demands.

A site tour and informational hearing was held on the proposed project on April 19, 2001. To meet the expedited review process schedule, Energy Commissioner Michal Moore will issue a Proposed Decision on the King City Energy Facility on April 26, 2001. This document will be available on the Energy Commission's Web Site.

The full five-member Energy Commission will consider adopting the Proposed Decision at its business meeting on this date:


WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2001
Beginning at 10 a.m.
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, CA
(Wheelchair Accessible)


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: pao@energy.state.ca.us

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