Energy Commission Begins Review Process for Three Proposed Power Plants

For immediate release: October 18, 2001
Media Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Begins Review
Process for Three Proposed Power Plants


Sacramento - At a business meeting last night, the California Energy Commission accepted into the licensing process applications for three new power plants. These projects will now begin a comprehensive staff review.

Roseville Energy Facility
A 900-megawatt power plant in the Sacramento area is being proposed by Roseville Energy Facility, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Enron North America Corporation. The combined cycle, natural gas-fired facility is planned for a site five miles north of downtown Roseville and one-tenth of a mile north of the Pleasant Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The Roseville Energy Facility will be considered under the Energy Commission's 12-month review process following last night's 4 to 0 vote by Energy Commissioners. The Committee that will oversee that review is comprised of Energy Commissioner Robert Laurie as Presiding Member, and Commission Chairman William Keese as Associate Member.

More information on the Roseville Energy Facility is available on the Energy Commission web site at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/roseville

Tracy Peaker Project
As proposed by GWF Energy, LLC, this 169-megawatt, simple cycle power plant would be built in an unincorporated part of San Joaquin County, adjacent to the Delta-Mendota Canal on the southwest and the Union Pacific railroad to the north.

Energy Commissioners voted 5 to 0 that the Tracy Peaker Project could begin review under the Energy Commission's four-month process. The facility will not be converted to a combined-cycle facility later, due to the requirements of a 10-year contract to sell electricity to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).

Energy Commissioner Robert Pernell was named Presiding Member of the committee reviewing the Tracy Peaker Project. Commissioner Robert Laurie will serve as Associate Member.

More information on the Tracy Peaker Project is available on the Energy Commission web site at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/tracypeaker

Henrietta Peaker Project
GWF Energy, LLC, is also applying for a license to build and operate the Henrietta Peaker Project. The project site is adjacent to the PG&E Henrietta substation, 20 miles south of Hanford in an unincorporated part of Kings County. The proposed plant would consist of two turbine generators in simple-cycle mode, delivering 91.4 megawatts, and a 70-kilovolt switchyard.

After last night's 5 to 0 vote, Henrietta enters the Commission's four-month review process. Like the Tracy project, this facility has an existing 10-year DWR contract that calls for the plant to remain a simple-cycle peaking facility.

The Committee for the Henrietta Peaker Project consists of Arthur H. Rosenfeld as Presiding Member and Commissioner Michal (spelled correctly) Moore as Associate Member.

More information on the Henrietta Peaker Project is available on the Energy Commission web site at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/henrietta

Public participation is a very important part of the Energy Commission review process. To find out how to get involved, call Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us].

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