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For immediate release: January 9, 2002
Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Two Large Power Plant Proposals
Begin Energy Commission Review

Sacramento -The California Energy Commission's review process officially begins today for two power plant applications deemed data adequate by a vote of the Commissioners. The two separate data adequacy votes mean there is enough information for the Commission staff to begin formal reviews of the 1,060-megawatt Central Valley Energy Center and the 1,120-megawatt Tesla Power Plant Project.

The Central Valley Energy Center
is a proposal of Central Valley Energy Center, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Calpine Corporation. The proposed site is 25 acres in an industrial area at the southern edge of the City of San Joaquin near the intersection of West Manning Avenue and South Colorado Avenue, adjacent to PG&E's Helm substation. Three combustion turbine generators, three heat recovery steam generators with duct burners and a condensing steam turbine generator would combine to produce 1,060 megawatts. The project includes a 230-kilovolt switchyard, approximately 1,500 feet of new 230-kilovolt transmission line, approximately 20 miles of new 24-inch diameter natural gas pipeline, and 21 miles of 27-inch diameter pipeline for reclaimed water.

The Committee that will oversee the review is comprised of Commissioner Arthur H. Rosenfeld, Ph.D. as Presiding Member and Commissioner Robert A. Laurie as Associate Member.

Information about the Central Valley Energy Center is available on the Energy Commission's website at:


Tesla Power Plant Project
Midway Power, LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Group, is requesting a license to build and operate the Tesla Power Plant Project. The project is planned for a site bordered by Midway Road, one-half mile north of the Tesla substation, east of Livermore in Alameda County. The facility would generate 1,120 megawatts with four natural gas-fired turbine generators, heat recovery steam generators and two steam turbine generators. A Selective Catalytic Reduction system using ammonia injection would be used to reduce air emissions.

The Committee overseeing the review process for the Tesla Power Project is made up of Energy Commissioner Robert A. Laurie as Presiding Member and Commissioner Michal (spelled correctly) Moore, Ph.D. as Associate Member.

More information on the Tesla Power Plant Project is available on the Energy Commission website at:


The next step in the process for each of the proposals is an informational hearing and site tour. The date, time and place at which members of the public and other agencies will have the chance to learn more about, and comment on, each of the projects will be released in the next few weeks.

Public involvement is a very important part of the Energy Commission review process. To find out how to participate, call 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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