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

Energy Commission Begins 4-Month
Fast-Track Review of Ocotillo Energy Project

Sacramento -- The California Energy Commission voted 3-0 today to begin reviewing plans to construct and operate the Ocotillo Energy Project, Phase 1, proposed for the City of Palm Springs.

If approved and built, the Ocotillo Energy Project, Phase 1 would be a 456-megawatt, natural gas-fired, simple-cycle electrical generation facility that would be on-line by June 2002. Phase 2 of the planned project would convert Phase 1 to a combined-cycle configuration and increase the generation to 900 megawatts. Phase 2 would begin operating in 2004.

The project applicant, Ocotillo Energy LP, seeks an expedited permitting decision from the Energy Commission under the terms of the California Energy Security and Reliability Act (SB 28X). This law provides for a four-month certification process for thermal power plants and related facilities that can be put into service by December 31, 2002. The Energy Commission begins its four-month review of this project today, June 22, 2001, following the Commission vote.

To get the process underway, Commissioner Robert Pernell was named Presiding Member of the Ocotillo Energy Project, Phase 1 Siting Committee. Energy Commission Chairman William Keese was named Associate Member of the Committee.

Information about the status of the Ocotillo Energy Project, Phase 1, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is available on the Energy Commission website at:

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

Note to Editors: The Energy Commission offers an automated mail list that e-mails news releases and the notices related to power plant siting cases to reporters and other interested parties. Information about the Energy Commission's automated list servers is available at:

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