For immediate release: May 7, 2001
Media Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna -- (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Completes Assessment
of Proposed Peaker Power Plant Project in Hanford

Sacramento -- The staff of the California Energy Commission has recommended approval of the proposal by GWF Power Systems Company for a 95-megawatt peaker power plant at Hanford Energy Park in Kings County.

The Hanford Peaker Project is a simple cycle, natural gas-fired power plant proposed for construction and operation on a site immediately adjacent to the existing GWF Hanford cogeneration plant, just north of Idaho Avenue. If approved, the facility is expected to start commercial operation August 1, 2001.

The Staff Assessment of this project can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's Web Site at:

A site tour and informational hearing was held on the project on Friday, April 20, 2001.

A Proposed Decision on the Hanford project, is also available on the Energy Commission's Web Site. It was released today.

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

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

The proposed Hanford Park Peaker 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.

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.

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 may contact Ms. Mendonca by e-mail at . For information regarding proposed projects in Northern California, call (877) 602-4747. For information about projects proposed in Southern California, call (800) 273-4459.

Information about the proposed project is available on the Energy Commission's Web Site at:

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