For immediate release: June 15, 2001
Contact: MaryAnn Costmagna - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Recommends Approval of
El Segundo Power Redevelopment Project



Sacramento --- The California Energy Commission‚s staff has recommended approval of the El Segundo Power Redevelopment Project. The recommendation includes proposed conditions of certification for both the construction and operation of the plant to protect public health and safety as well as environmental quality. The project would replace El Segundo Generating Station Units 1 and 2 with Units 5, 6 and 7. The Staff Assessment of the proposal can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission‚s Web site at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/elsegundo/documents/index.html/

The report contains the Energy Commission staff‚s independent analysis of the El Segundo Power Plant Project. It is not a final decision on the project planned by El Segundo Power II, LLC. Members of the public, community organizations and interested agencies have the opportunity to comment and ask questions about the Staff Assessment and the project at workshops scheduled as follows:

STAFF ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP
Monday, July 2, 2001 from 10 a.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3, 2001 from 9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m.
The City of El Segundo City Hall Council Chambers
(Wheelchair Accessible)
350 Main Street
El Segundo, CA

The Power Plant Licensing Committeealso has planned a status conference and Evidentiary Hearings on the El Segundo Power Redevelopment Project:

STATUS CONFERENCE
Tuesday, July 3, 2001 from 1-5 p.m.
The City of El Segundo City Hall Council Chambers
Evidentiary Hearings
Monday, July 9, 200, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18, 200, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
El Segundo City Hall Council Chambers.

If approved, the new gas-fired, combined-cycle facility is expected to generate 630 megawatts, 280 megawatts more than the old Units 1 and 2. The project will use Selective Catalytic Reduction, a dry low NOx combustor and an oxidation catalyst system to reduce air emissions.

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 pao@energy.state.ca.us.

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