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For immediate release: DECEMBER 18, 2001
Media Contact: CHRIS DAVIS - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Completes
Assessment of Henrietta Power Project

Sacramento -- The California Energy Commission staff has released its Staff Assessment outlining the conditions that should apply to the design, construction, operation and closure of the proposed Henrietta Peaker Power Plant if the Commission approves the project. The Staff Assessment can be viewed on the Energy Commission's website at:


The document includes the Energy Commission staff's comprehensive analyses of the 91.4-megawatt, simple-cycle power plant proposed by GWF Energy, LLC. The facility is planned for a seven-acre site near Lemoore in unincorporated Kings County.

The project would consist of the power plant, a 70-kilovolt switchyard, and approximately 550 feet of new transmission line. Natural gas for the project will be delivered through approximately 2.2 miles of new pipeline.

The Staff Assessment is a staff document, not a Commission decision. This assessment was prepared by Commission staff in accordance with the Public Resources Code and the California Environmental Quality Act.

The Commission will hold a Prehearing Conference on Friday, January 4, 2002, at the Energy Commission in Sacramento. If the Committee determines that all potential issues are uncontested, the Committee will convene an Evidentiary Hearing immediately following the Prehearing Conference. If any matter is contested, the Committee will hold an Evidentiary Hearing on January 17, 2002.

The purpose of these open and publicly noticed meetings is to allow members of the public to participate in the power plant certification process. To find out how to get involved, 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].

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