For immediate release: May 30, 2001
Contact: Mary Ann Costamagna ū (916) 654-4989



Energy Commission Staff Releases
First Report on Morro Bay Power Project

May 30, 2001

A preliminary staff report assessing the proposed construction and operation of the 1,200 megawatt Morro Bay Power Plant Project is now available from the California Energy Commission.

The Preliminary Staff Assessment includes a detailed description of the proposed power project. The report can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission‚s Web Site at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/morrobay/documents

Proposed by Duke Energy Morro Bay LLC, the „modernizationš project would be located at the existing 1,002 megawatt Morro Bay Power Plant site that is owned and operated by Duke Energy.

The Morro Bay Power Plant Project proposes the construction of two new generating units to replace the currently operating generation Units 1, 2, 3 and 4. Units 1 and 2 now produce 326 megawatts with 1950‚s technology. Units 3 and 4 produce 676 megawatts using 1960‚s technology.

If approved and completed, the new combined cycle units will be capable of producing 600 megawatts each, for a combined total of 1,200 megawatts. Each new unit will consist of two gas-fired turbines and one steam turbine driven by the heat produced by the other two turbines. Each new unit will have two, 145 foot-tall stacks compared with the existing plant‚s three 450 foot-tall stacks.

This power plant and related facilities, such as the electric transmission line, natural gas pipeline and water lines, are under the Energy Commission‚s jurisdiction and cannot be constructed or operated without the Commission‚s certification.

The Preliminary Staff Assessment is a staff draft document. It is not a Committee or Commission decision or proposed decision. Commission staff prepared this assessment in accordance with the Public Resources Code and the California Environmental Quality Act.

Based upon an analysis of the information currently available, the document presents preliminary conclusions and proposed conditions that apply to the design, construction, operation and closure of the proposed facility, if certified.

Workshops on the Preliminary Staff Assessment are scheduled as follows:

Workshop Topics,Date and Time, Workshop Locations (Locations are Wheelchair accessible)


Transmission Lines
Safety
Air Quality
Public Health

Tuesday, June 5, 2001
2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Veteran‚s Memorial Hall
209 Surf Street
Morro Bay, California
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Cultural Resources

Wednesday, June 6, 2001
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Morro Bay Community Center
Multipurpose Room
1001 Kennedy Way
Morro Bay, California
(805) 772-6261
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Visual Resources

Thursday, June 7, 2001
2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Morro Bay Community Center
Multipurpose Room
1001 Kennedy Way
Morro Bay, California
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Efficiency/Reliability
Facility Design
Transmission
Hazardous Materials
Waste Management

Tuesday, June 12, 2001
2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m

Morro Bay Community Center
Multipurpose Room
1001 Kennedy Way
Morro Bay, California
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Traffic
Geology/Paleontology
Groundwater Flooding
Stormwater

Wednesday, June 13, 2001
2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Morro Bay Community Center
Multipurpose Room
1001 Kennedy Way
Morro Bay, California
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Noise
Socioeconomics
Land Use
Alternatives

Thursday, June 14, 2001
2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m

Morro Bay Community Center
Multipurpose Room
1001 Kennedy Way
Morro Bay, California
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Biological Resources
Cooling water
Thermal Discharge

Thursday, June 21, 2001
2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Veteran‚s Memorial Hall
209 Surf Street
Morro Bay, California
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You can find details of the workshops at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/morrobay

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