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For Immediate Release: January 31, 2002
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Siting Committee
Recommends Licensing of Henrietta Peaker Power Plant


Sacramento -- The Henrietta Peaker Project is worthy of approval by the California Energy Commission, according to the report released today by the Siting Committee assigned to the project. The 91.4-megawatt, $84-million peaker power plant is proposed for a site next to PG&E's Henrietta substation near Lemoore, California.

The Presiding Member's Proposed Decision is not a final decision on the Henrietta Peaker Project. The full Energy Commission will vote whether to grant a license, probably in March.

The Henrietta Siting Committee consists of Commissioner Arthur H. Rosenfeld as Presiding Member and Commissioner Michal (spelled correctly) C. Moore as Associate Member. Their recommendation comes in the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision now available on the Energy Commission website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/henrietta/documents/


The Committee will hold a public conference to receive comments on the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision as follows:

Thursday, February 28, 2002
Beginning at 10 a.m.
California Energy Commission
Hearing Room A
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair accessible)

Anyone may also submit written comments on the Proposed Decision within thirty days to the California Energy Commission. The comment period will end on Monday, March 4, 2002. Comments must be addressed to:

California Energy Commission
Docket Unit, MS-4
Attn: Docket No. 01-AFC-18
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

GWF Energy LLC plans to build the Henrietta Peaker Project to provide electricity during periods of peak demand to the California grid north of Path 15 for the summer of 2002. The simple-cycle power plant, consisting of two turbine generators, will use state-of-the-art control technology to minimize emissions. In addition, GWF will provide complete offsets greater than the project's emissions, resulting in a regional air quality benefit. Water use by the simple-cycle facility will be minimal. The location of the seven-acre site adjacent to the Henrietta substation reduces land use impacts. GWF will mitigate those impacts by preserving agricultural land that will also serve as wildlife habitat.

For information on how to participate in the Energy Commission review of the project, contact the 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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