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For immediate release: October 31, 2001
Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Releases
Russell City Energy Center
Staff Assessment

Sacramento - The Staff Assessment of the proposed Russell City Energy Center is now available from the California Energy Commission.
The report makes no recommendation on the proposal because more information is needed in the areas of air quality, transmission system engineering, biological resources and the facility's visual profile. The Staff Assessment can be viewed on the Energy Commission's website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/russellcity/documents/
The Staff Assessment is a draft document, not a decision or proposed decision on the project. The staff expects to file a supplement to their evaluation of the Russell City proposal as more information becomes available. Commission staff prepared this assessment in accordance with the Public Resources Code and the California Environmental Quality Act.
The Russell City Energy Center, proposed by the Calpine Corporation and Bechtel Enterprises Holdings, is a 600-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility to be built on 14.7 acres in the industrial corridor of the City of Hayward. The project site is at the southwest corner of the intersection of Enterprise Avenue and Whitesell Street, adjacent to the City of Hayward's Water Pollution Control Facility. If constructed, the Russell City Energy Center will be powered by two combustion-turbine generators, two heat recovery-steam generators and a condensing steam-turbine generator. The project also includes an onsite switchyard, 1.1 miles of double-circuit overhead transmission line to connect to PG&E's Eastshore substation and nearly a mile of underground natural gas pipeline.
Workshops giving the public and interested parties a chance to comment on the Staff Assessment will be announced in the next few weeks.
Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commission's facility certification process. People may participate in the process in a variety of ways. To find out how to participate, contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy 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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