For immediate release: June 25, 2001
Media Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna - (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Assessment Released
For Proposed Lancaster Emergency Peaker Project


Sacramento -- The California Energy Commission's Staff Assessment of the proposed Lancaster Energy Facility #1 Emergency Peaker Project is now available.

The Commission staff's independent analysis of the Lancaster project, proposed by Electricity Provider Inc., can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's Web site at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/peakers/lancaster/documents/

According to the 96-page Assessment, staff cannot recommend approval of the peaker plant, until it has the opportunity to evaluate the project's transmission system interconnection application to Southern California Edison (SCE).

On June 21, 2001, Electricity Provider asked the Commission to delay its review of the project for 10 days while the company could request the utility company's analysis of the project's interconnection to SCE's transmission system.

Energy Commission staff will supplement its Lancaster Staff Assessment after it reviews SCE's analysis of the potential impacts that may result from the project's interconnection to the SCE transmission system.

If approved, the simple cycle plant, located at the intersection of Division Street and Avenue H in the City of Lancaster, will begin commercial operation by September 30, 2001, and consists of four water-injected gas-turbine engines. Natural gas will be supplied to the site by way of a new 22.8-mile pipeline interconnected to the Mohave-Kern River pipeline that would be constructed from the City of Mohave to the new power plant.

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 June 11, 2001. To meet the expedited review process schedule, Energy Commissioner Michal C. Moore will issue a proposed decision on the project this week. This document will also be available on the Energy Commission Web site.

The full five-member Energy Commission will consider the Proposed Decision at its business meeting as follows:

Thursday, July 5, 2001
Beginning at 2 p.m.
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair accessible)

Members of the public may participate in the licensing process in a variety of ways. Persons who need information concerning public participation, please contact Roberta Mondonca, Energy Commission Public Adviser. Her toll-free telephone number for power plant 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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