For immediate release: June 14, 2001
Contact: MaryAnn Costmagna - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Assessment Released
For Proposed Baldwin Emergency Peaker Project

Sacramento -- The California Energy Commission's Staff Assessment of the proposed Baldwin Energy Facility No.1 is now available. The Staff Assessment of the planned 53-megawatt peaking electric can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission Web site at:

The report contains the Energy Commission staff's independent analysis of the Baldwin Energy Facility No. 1 project proposed by La Jolla Energy Development, Inc., but does not contain a recommendation. Staff is waiting for an air analysis from the South Coast Air Quality Management District before making a recommendation on the project. The 53-megawatt peaking electric generation facility, consisting of two GE-LM-2500 gas-fired turbine engines configured in a simple-cycle mode, would be located within the Inglewood Oilfield in Los Angeles County.

If approved, the plant should be producing electricity no later than September 30, 2001. The turbines will initially be water-injected to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions to 25 parts per million. The final configuration, to be installed in late 2001 or early 2002, will include heat recovery steam generators, a Selective Catalytic Reduction system and an oxidation catalyst to reduce NOx emissions to 2.5 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 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 31, 2001. To meet the expedited review process schedule, Energy Commissioner Robert Pernell will issue a proposed decision on the project next week. This document will also be available on the Energy Commission Web site.

The Committee has scheduled an additional hearing to provide members of the public, community organizations and interested agencies an opportunity to further discuss, submit questions, and make comments on the proposed Baldwin Energy Facility No. 1 project on:

Monday, June 18, 2001
Beginning at 5:30 p.m.
West Los Angeles College
Fine Arts Theatre
4800 Freshman Drive
Culver City, CA 90230
(Wheelchair Accessible)

The full, five-member Energy Commission will consider the proposed decision at a special business meeting on Friday, June 22, 2001.

Members of the public may participate in the licensing process in a variety of ways. If you need information about public participation, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser. Her toll free number for licensing cases in Southern California is (800) 273-4459. You may also e-mail her at .

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