For immediate release: August 16, 2001
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Proposed Decision Released for
Modesto Woodland 2 Power Plant Project


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission Siting Committee for the Modesto Irrigation District's 80-megawatt Woodland Generating Station No. 2 has released a Proposed Decision that finds the project poses no unmitigated impacts to the environment or public health and safety.

The Siting Committee's Proposed Decision can be viewed from the Energy Commission's Website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/modesto/documents/index.html

The power plant proposed by the Modesto Irrigation District is being considered under the Commission's Small Power Plant Exemption process. The process began May 30, 2001 when the Energy Commission accepted the project for consideration under the Small Power Plant Exemption and named a Siting Committee.

The California Energy Commission is allowed to exempt power plants of up to 100 megawatts from its power plant site-certification process if it finds that no substantial adverse impact on the environment will result from the construction or operation of the proposed facility. The project must also comply with requirements of other permitting agencies.

Although it is not a final decision on the combined-cycle generating facility planned for a 2.5-acre portion of a 7-acre site on Woodland Avenue in Modesto, the Committee's Proposed Decision finds the project would be consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act and applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.

If approved, the Woodland Generating Station No. 2 would consist of a combustion turbine and a condensing steam turbine that together would produce 80 megawatts of electricity. The Woodland Avenue site contains an existing 49.4-megawatt power plant and a switchyard that would be expanded with two new bays. The plans call for approximately 1.2 miles of new 69-kilovolt sub-transmission line, 6 miles of reinforcement to an existing Pacific Gas & Electric natural gas supply line, and 1 mile of new water line.

The Energy Commission will accept written comments on the Committee's Proposed Decision through September 4, 2001. For information on how to submit comments and participate in the licensing process, contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us.

The Woodland Generating Station No. 2 proposal is scheduled for a vote by the full Energy Commission on September 5, 2001. If approved, construction is scheduled to begin in fall, 2001 and the plant expected to be on-line in summer, 2003.

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