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For Immediate Release: February 6, 2002
Media Contact: Chris Davis (916) 654-4989

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State Energy Commission Begins Review of Palomar Energy Project 500-Megawatt, Natural Gas Power Plant Proposed for Escondido in San Diego County

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission's review process officially begins today for a power plant application deemed data adequate by a unanimous vote of the Commission. The data adequacy vote on the Palomar Energy Project in the City of Escondido, San Diego County, means there is enough information for Commission staff to begin analyzing the plans for a 500-megawatt power plant.

Palomar Energy, LLC is seeking Energy Commission approval to construct and operate the natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant to be located on a 20-acre site southwest of the intersection of Vineyard Avenue and Enterprise Street. The project would include two combustion-turbine generators, two heat-recovery steam generators, a steam-turbine generator, associated auxiliary systems and a new 230-kilovolt switchyard connecting with an existing San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) electric transmission line located immediately adjacent to the plant. The project does not require construction of any new transmission lines.

The Palomar Energy Project would be fueled with natural gas delivered via the SDG&E gas system through an existing pipeline. Reclaimed water for the plant will be supplied from the City of Escondido through a new 1.1-mile, 16-inch pipeline.

If approved by the Energy Commission, the Palomar Energy Project would begin commercial operation in the summer of 2004.

The Committee that will oversee the review is comprised of Commissioner Robert A. Laurie as Presiding Member and Energy Commission Chair William J. Keese as Associate Member.

Information about the Palomar Energy Project is available on the Energy Commission's website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/palomar

The next step in the Energy Commission's review process is an informational hearing and site tour of the proposed project. The date, time and place of the hearing and tour will be released in the next few weeks. The meeting and tour will provide members of the public and other state, local and federal agencies an opportunity to learn more about and comment on the project.

Public involvement is a very important part of the Energy Commission's 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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