For immediate release: November 14, 2001
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989
SMUD Cosumnes Power Plant Project
Begins Energy Commission Review
Sacramento - The Sacramento Municipal Utility District's Cosumnes Power Plant
Project took its first step in the California Energy Commission's review process today.
Commissioners voted four to zero to accept the SMUD application as data adequate. The finding
means that Energy Commission staff has enough information to begin the 12-month licensing review
of the project.
If approved and built on the proposed site near the decommissioned Rancho Seco nuclear power
plant, 25 miles south of Sacramento, the Cosumnes Power Plant Project will produce 1,000 megawatts.
The combined-cycle, natural gas-fired generation facility would be constructed in two phases. Each
phase would generate 500 megawatts and consist of two combustion turbines, one condensing steam
turbine and two heat-recovery steam generators. SMUD expects the total cost of the plant to be
SMUD hopes to begin construction on the plant by the end of 2002, with the first phase beginning
operation in spring 2005. The second phase is projected to be ready for commercial operation by the
first quarter of 2008.
After finding the proposal data adequate, the Energy Commission named Commissioner Robert Pernell
to be Presiding Member of the Cosumnes Power Plant Project Siting Committee. Commissioner Arthur
H. Rosenfeld, Ph.D. will serve as Associate Member. During the certification process, the Committee
is responsible for overseeing all hearings and related proceedings on the proposed power plant.
Some of the issues to be examined over the course of the review include environmental impacts,
air quality, water, biological resources, public health and safety, the transmission system and
engineering design. As part of the review process, the Commission and staff encourage comments
from local, state and federal agencies, as well as the general public. Once the review process is
complete, the Committee will draft a formal recommendation for the other Commissioners to consider
before taking final action at a full hearing of the Energy Commission.
The Energy Commission's website provides information on the proposed project at:
Public participation is a very important part of the Energy Commission approval process. To find
out how to get involved, call the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, at (916)
654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at [