For immediate release: July 11, 2001
Media Contact: Mary Ann Costamagna - 916-654-4989

State Energy Commission Votes to Begin
Review of Russell City Power Project

Sacramento With a 4 to 0 vote at its Business Meeting on July 11, 2001, the California Energy Commission has begun the formal review process for construction and operation of the Russell City Energy Center in Alameda County.

The 600-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle electric generating facility, proposed by Calpine and Bechtel, would consist of two combustion turbine-generators, two heat recovery steam generators, a single condensing steam turbine generator, and a hybrid cooling tower.

If approved, the facility would be located on a 14.7-acre site directly south of the City of Hayward's Water Pollution Control Facility within the Industrial Corridor of the City of Hayward.

The Commission vote marks the start of a 6-month review process. Some of the issues examined over the course of the review include public health and safety, air quality, hazardous materials, environmental impacts, environmental justice, and engineering design. Public input is a key element in each phase of the Energy Commission's power plant certification process.

The Energy Commission's Web site provides information on the proposed project at:

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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