For immediate release: June 18, 2001
Contact: Claudia Chandler - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Committee Recommends
Licensing of Proposed Metcalf Energy Center

SACRAMENTO -- A California Energy Commission committee is recommending approval of the proposed 600-megawatt, gas-fired Metcalf Energy Center located in the Coyote Valley in south San Jose. The project is being proposed by San Jose-based Calpine Corporation and San Francisco-based Bechtel Enterprises, Inc.

The Metcalf Energy Center Committee is comprised of Presiding Member Robert A. Laurie and Associate Member and Energy Commission Chairman William J. Keese.

The recommendation comes in the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released today. The document is available on the Energy Commission's Web Site at:

In its Proposed Decision, the committee finds that while the project does not comply with certain local ordinances, including San Jose's general plan and zoning ordinances, the power plant is needed for the public convenience and necessity brought about by the area's need for electrical generation and the benefits it will provide to the overall Bay Area electric system. The committee, therefore, is recommending that Calpine Corporation be required to implement measures to bring the proposed Metcalf project into conformity, to the extent possible, with local ordinances.

The Committee also recommends other mitigation measures, including:

This document is not a final decision on the Metcalf project. Release of the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision starts a 30-day period for public comment. The comment period will end on July 19, 2001.

The Metcalf Committee will hold a public conference to discuss the Proposed Decision as follows:

Thursday, July 26, 2001
Beginning at 6 p.m.
1555 Berger Drive, Building 2
San Jose, California
(Wheelchair accessible)

Persons requiring information on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the proposed project should contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at

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