For immediate release: May 2, 2001
Media Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna -- (916) 654-4989

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



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 135-megawatt summer reliability generation facility proposed by Calpine in the City of Gilroy, Santa Clara County.

If approved by the Commission, the Gilroy City LM6000 Phase 1 project would be a simple-cycle combustion turbine generating facility located adjacent to Calpine's existing Gilroy cogeneration plant at 1350 Pacheco Pass Highway.

What: Site Visit and Informational Hearing

When: Thursday, May 10, 2001

Site Visit
Assemble at 6 p.m.
Gilroy Senior Center
7371 Hanna Street
Gilroy, California
(Bus Transportation will be provided to proposed site.)

Informational Hearing
Beginning at approximately 7 p.m.
Gilroy Senior Center
7371 Hanna Street
Gilroy, Californnia
(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 Calpine's Gilroy project.

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 by e-mail at: pao@energy.state.ca.us For information regarding sites in Northern California, call (877) 602-4747. For information about proposed projects in Southern California, call (800) 273-4459.

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 Calpine Gilroy 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.

Calpine's Gilroy 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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