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For immediate release: January 3, 2002
Media Contact: Mary Ann Costamagna - 916 654-4989

Energy Commission Staff
Releases Assessment of
Proposed Los Esteros Energy Facility


A staff report assessing the construction and operation of the proposed Los Esteros Energy Facility is now available from the California Energy Commission.

The Staff Assessment includes a detailed description and analysis of the electricity generation project. The draft report applies to the design, construction, operation and closure of the proposed facility.

The assessment will present the project's effects on public health and safety, environment, and the electric transmission system. The report can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's Web Site located at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/losesteros

The project, planned by Calpine c*Power, would be a 180-megawatt, natural gas-fired, simple cycle power plant. It would be located on 15 acres of a 55-acre tract in north San Jose at 1515 Elviso-Milpitas Road, Santa Clara County.

The proposed Los Esteros Energy Facility and related facilities - such as the electric transmission lines, a natural gas line, water supply lines and wastewater lines - are under the Energy Commission's jurisdiction. When issuing a license, the Energy Commission acts as lead State agency under the California Environmental Quality Act. The Commission's process is functionally equivalent to preparing an environmental impact report.

A public workshop is scheduled as part of the Commission's comprehensive review of the proposed power project. The workshop will allow staff to receive comments from the public, as well as local, state and federal agencies, to use in preparing the addendum to the Staff Assessment.

The workshop will be held as follows:

MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2002
Beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Airport Inn International
1355 North 4th Street
San Jose, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

The public is encouraged to attend the upcoming workshop.

Persons requiring information on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the proposed project should contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, by telephone at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at [pao@energy state.ca.us].

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