For immediate release: May 12, 2001
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting * (916) 654-4989

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

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 180-megawatt summer reliability generation facility proposed for construction this summer on the grounds of the California Institution for Men in Chino.

The Pegasus Project in San Bernardino County is being proposed by Pegasus Power Partners, LLC, part of Delta Power Company LLC. The simple cycle peaking facility would consist of four 45-megawatt natural gas-fired turbines equipped with state-of-the-art air pollution control features. Three of the four units would be producing power by September 30, 2001, with the fourth unit coming on-line by March 31, 2002. All four units are being considered under the Energy Commission's emergency process, which should take approximately 21 days to complete.

A site tour and informational hearing was held on the project on Wednesday, May 16, 2001.

Site Visit
Assemble at 5:30 p.m.
Chino City Hall
13220 Central Avenue
Chino, California
Sacramento, CA
(Bus transportation will be provided to proposed site.)

Informational Hearing
Beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m., following the site visit.
Chino City Hall
13220 Central Avenue
Chino, California
Sacramento, CA
(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 licensing of the proposed Pegasus project.

Typically, peakers are simple-cycle power plants that can be constructed in a relatively small area and can be readily connected to existing transmission and natural-gas systems. For the Pegasus Project, these systems already exist nearby because of a 27-megawatt cogeneration power plant that operates at the California Institution for Men.

The Pegasus 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.

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 (877) 602-4747 or by e-mail at

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

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