For immediate release: July 6, 2001
Media Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Recommends
Approval of Proposed San Diego Area
"Peaker" Power Plant

Sacramento The California Energy Commission staff is recommending approval of the CalPeak Power - Border, LLC Project, a summer-reliability power plant proposed for the Otay Mesa area of San Diego. The Staff Assessment of the proposed project can be viewed and printed from the Energy Web Site at:

The report is not a final decision. It contains the Energy Commission staff's independent analysis of the project proposed by CalPeak Power - Border, LLC. The 49.5-megawatt, simple-cycle, peaking, electric-generation facility would consist of one FT8 Pratt & Whitney Twinpac, with two gas turbine engines, and one 49.5-megawatt generator. The plant will use state-of-the-art pollution control technology to limit nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions to 2 parts per million, 3 ppm below the standard for "peakers." The Project is proposed for the Otay Mesa area of the City of San Diego.

The plant should be producing electricity no later than September 30, 2001.

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 on-line 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 power demands.

A site tour and informational hearing was held on the project on Thursday, June 28, 2001. To meet the expedited review process schedule, Energy Commissioner Robert Laurie will issue a proposed decision on the CalPeak Power - Border, LLC Project by early next week. This document will also be available on the Energy Commission's Web site.

The full, five-member Energy Commission will consider the proposed decision at a business meeting on:

Wednesday, July 11, 2001
Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
[Wheelchair Accessible]

Members of the public may participate in the licensing process in a variety of ways. If you need information about how to participate, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the 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

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