For immediate release: May 23, 2001
Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna ū (916) 654-4989

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



May 23, 2001

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission has scheduled a hearing and site tour for members of the public and others interested in learning about a 62.4-megawatt, simple-cycle peaking electricity generation facility proposed for construction and operation in the City of Chula Vista, San Diego County. If approved, the project will be on-line by September, 30, 2001.

The facility, the Chula Vista Peaker Generating Station Project, is being proposed by Ramco, Inc.

The project is being considered under the Energy Commission‚s emergency process, which may take approximately 21 days to complete. It would be constructed at the site of the existing Chula Vista Generating Station, Chula Vista I, which will become operational in May 2001.

There would be no change to that generating facility.

What: Site Visit and Informational Hearing
When: Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Site visit
Assemble at 6 p.m.
Chula Vista Public Service Building
276 Fourth Avenue
Chula Vista, California
(Bus transportation will be provided to proposed site)

Informational Hearing
Beginning at approximately 7 p.m.
Chula Vista Public Service Building
276 Fourth Avenue
Conference Rooms 2 and 3
Chula Vista, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

The Chula Vista Peaker Generating Station Project would operate initially with dry low nitrous oxide (NOx) burners that will emit no more than 25 parts per million. After the addition of a selective catalytic emission reduction system during the 2001 - 2002 off-peak season, the emissions will be reduced to 5 parts per million.

Landowners, members of the general public and interested agencies are encouraged to participate in the site visit and informational hearing on the proposed licensing of the proposed Chula Vista Peaker Generating Station 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 telephone number for 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 Chula Vista Peaker Generating Station 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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