For immediate release: June 2, 2001
Contact: MaryAnn Costmagna - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Recommends Approval of
Proposed Pegasus Chino Peaker Power Plant Project

Sacramento -- The California Energy Commission's staff is recommending approval of the Pegasus Project, a summer reliability power plant proposed for San Bernardino 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 Pegasus Project proposed by Pegasus Power Partners, LLC, part of Delta Power Company LLC. The 180-megawatt power plant, consisting of four 45-megawatt natural gas-fired turbines equipped with state-of-the-art air pollution control features, would be built and operated on the grounds of the California Institution for Men in Chino.

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 Wednesday, May 16, 2001. To meet the expedited review process schedule, Energy Commissioner Robert Pernell will issue a proposed decision on the Pegasus Project early next week. This document 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 contract 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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