For immediate release: June 22, 2001
Media Contact: Mary Ann Costamagna - (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Schedules Hearing,
Tour of Proposed Power Plant Site in San Diego

Sacramento -- The California Energy Commission has a hearing and site tour scheduled for members of the public and others interested in learning about a 49-megawatt, simple-cycle peaking electricity generation facility proposed for construction and operation in the Otay Mesa area of the City of San Diego. If approved, the project will be on-line by September 30, 2001.

The facility, CalPeak Power–Border, LLC Project, is proposed by CalPeak Power–Border, LLC.

The project is being considered under the Energy Commission's emergency process, which is expected to take approximately 21 days to complete. If approved, the plant would be constructed at the site south of Otay Mesa Road, north of Airway Road, between Route 905 and Sanyo Road.

What: Site Visit and Informational Hearing

When: Thursday, June 28, 2001

Site Visit
Assemble at 5 p.m.
Otay Mesa Branch Library
Community Meeting Room
(Wheelchair Accessible)
3003 Coronado Avenue
San Diego, CA 92154

(Bus Transportation will be provided to proposed site.)

Informational Hearing
Beginning at approximately 6 p.m.
Otay Mesa Branch Library
Community Meeting Room
(Wheelchair Accessible)
3003 Coronado Avenue
San Diego, CA 92154

The CalPeak Power–Border, LLC Project would be a simple-cycle peaking electric generation facility consisting of one FT8 Pratt & Whitney Twinpac, with two gas turbine engines and one 49.5-megawatt generator. SDG&E will supply the facility with low-sulfur, low-polluting natural gas. The plant will also use Best Available Control Technology to limit nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions to 3 parts per million, 2 ppm below the standard for "peakers".

Landowners, members of the general public and interested agencies are encouraged to participate in the site visit and informational hearing on the proposed licensing of the CalPeak Power–Border, LLC Project.

Members of the public may participate in a variety of ways. If you need information about how to participate, 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:

Typically, "peakers" are simple-cycle power plants that can be constructed in a relatively small area and can be readily connected to existing transmission and natural gas systems.

The CalPeak Power–Border, LLC Project applied to the Energy Commission's emergency siting process to meet this summer's electricity needs. The goal of the emergency process is to license power plants that can be on-line by September 30, 2001, without sacrificing the public's health or safety or California's environment.

More information about the proposed project is available on the Energy Commission's Web site at:

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