Press Release

Governor's Seal
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR


PR02:124
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
03/07/2002


GOVERNOR DAVIS ANNOUNCES THE LICENSING OF THE
FIRST NEW CALIFORNIA POWER PLANT OF 2002

Henrietta Peaker to Put New Power on the Grid North of Path 15

SACRAMENTO -- Governor Gray Davis today announced the licensing of the 91.4-megawatt Henrietta Peaker Power Plant Project.

"Construction of this plant is another step in producing the energy California needs to grow our economy," Governor Davis said. "We are continuing to be aggressive in bringing low-polluting peaker plants online to meet our demand for power."

Since 1999, the Davis Administration has approved 29 power projects, providing and additional 12,260 megawatts to the State's electricity supplies.

The Henrietta facility, planned for a site southwest of Lemoore, was approved unanimously by the Energy Commission. The plant will begin selling power to the Department of Water Resources in August, when the Energy Commission predicts electricity could be in high demand. The Henrietta Power Plant will be built north of Path 15 to help offset the constricted flow of electricity between the northern and southern parts of the State.

GWF Energy, LLC proposes to build the Henrietta Peaker Power Plant Project on a seven-acre site adjacent to the PG&E Henrietta substation. The location reduces land use impacts. GWF will mitigate what impacts there are by preserving agricultural land that will also serve as wildlife habitat. Two natural gas-fired turbines will power the $84-million simple-cycle generating facility, using a minimal amount of water. The plant will have state-of-the-art air pollution controls to minimize emissions. GWF Energy will also provide offsets greater than the project's emissions, resulting in a regional air quality benefit.

The project also consists of a 70-kilovolt switchyard, 550 feet of new transmission line and 2.2-miles of new natural gas pipeline. The plant was certified when the Energy Commission voted that the project complies with the California Environmental Quality Act, along with the local, state and federal laws and regulations.

Construction is expected to begin immediately and should take five months.

More information on the Henrietta Power Project is available on the Energy Commission's web site at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/henrietta/

Information about recently approved power plants is also available on the Energy Commission web site at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/approved.html

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