For immediate release: June 6, 2001
Contact: MaryAnn Costmagna - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Completes
Assessment of Proposed Chula Vista Power Project



Sacramento -- The staff of the California Energy Commission has recommended approval of the Chula Vista II Peaker Generating Station Project being proposed for the City of Chula Vista, in San Diego County.

The Staff Assessment of the proposed project can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's Web Site at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/peakers/chulavista/documents

The report contains the Energy Commission staff's independent analysis of the Chula Vista II Peaker Generating Station Project, a 62.4-megawatt summer reliability generation facility. It is being proposed by Ramco, Inc., for the site of its existing Chula Vista Generating Station, Chula Vista I, which should become operational in June 2001.

The proposed simple-cycle 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.

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 on-line by September 30, 2001. The emergency permitting includes peaker projects that have Independent System Operator contracts.

Typically, peaker power plants are simple-cycle generators that can be constructed in a relatively short period of time, can be readily connected to the existing electricity transmission and natural gas system, and can be dispatched quickly to meet peak electricity demands.

A site tour and informational hearing was held on the proposed project on May 29, 2001. The Energy Commission plans to expedite its review of the Chula Vista II Peaker Project and other peaker projects under its emergency process, making a final decision on such proposals in as soon as 21 days.

To meet this schedule, Energy Commissioner Robert A. Laurie will issue a Proposed Decision on the Chula Vista II Peaker Project later this week. That document also will be available on the Energy Commission's Web Site.

The full Energy Commission will consider the Proposed Decision at its business meeting as follows:

MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2001
Beginning at 1 p.m.
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
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. 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.

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