For immediate release: June 1, 2001
Contact: MaryAnn Costmagna - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Recommends Approval of
Proposed Power Plant Site in Escondido

Sacramento -- The California Energy Commission's staff is recommending approval of the CalPeak Enterprise #7 Project, 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 staff assessment of the proposed project can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's Web site at:

The report is not a final decision, but contains the Energy Commission staff's independent analysis of the CalPeak project 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 plant should be producing electricity no later than September 30, 2001.

Governor Davis directed the Energy Commission to use its emergency power plant permitting authority to license new peaking and renewable power plants that can be online by September 30, 2001. 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.

A site tour and informational hearing was held on the project on Thursday, May 24, 2001. To meet the expedited review process schedule, Energy Commission Chairman William Keese will issue a proposed decision on the project early next week. This document also will be available on the Energy Commission's Web Site.

The full five-member Energy Commission will consider the proposed decision at a special business meeting on:

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

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 (916) 654-4489, toll free in California at (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at .

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