For immediate release: May 17, 2001
Media Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna -- (916) 654-4989

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



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 49.5-megawatt, simple-cycle, peaking electricity generation facility proposed for construction and operation in the City of Escondido, in San Diego County.

The CalPeak Enterprise #7 Project, is being proposed by CalPeak Power, LLC. The simple cycle peaking facility would consist of two gas turbine engines connected to a single generator. The project location is on a three-acre site in Southwest Escondido, at the southern extension of North Enterprise Street, below Vineyard Street.

The proposed project is being considered under the Energy Commission's emergency process, which should take approximately 21 days to complete.



What: Site Visit and Informational Hearing
When: Thursday, May 24, 2001

Site Visit
Assemble at 5:30 p.m.
Escondido City Hall
201 North Broadway
Escondido, California

Informational Hearing
Beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Escondido City Hall
201 North Broadway
Escondido, California
(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 propose licensing of the Cal Peak Enterprise #7 Project.

Members of the public may participate in the licensing process in a variety of ways. If you need information concerning public participation, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser. Her toll-free number for power plant licensing cases in Southern California is (800) 273-4459. You may also e-mail her at: pao@energy.state.ca.us

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.

The CalPeak Enterprise #7 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.

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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