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For immediate release: May 8, 2002
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

City of Vernon Power Plant Project Begins Energy Commission Review
Malburg Generating Station Would Provide Much of City's Power Need


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission's review officially began today of the application for the City of Vernon Malburg Generating Station Combined Cycle Power Plant Project . Commissioners accepted the project application as data adequate, which means there is enough information for Commission staff to begin analyzing the plans for a 134-megawatt, combined-cycle project under the Commission's six-month review process.

The City of Vernon is seeking Energy Commission approval to construct the natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant from which it plans to sell electricity to customers within the city and elsewhere in Southern California. The project site is a 3.4-acre parcel at the existing Station A electrical generation facility at 2715 East 50th Street in Vernon. Station A has been producing electricity since 1933. The new power plant would feed the Vernon Substation on site. Natural gas would be supplied by a new 1,100-foot, eight-inch diameter Southern California Gas Company pipeline.

The $100 to $110 million project would include two natural gas combustion turbine generators, and a steam turbine generator powered by two heat-recovery steam generators. The project would use reclaimed water for cooling, supplied by a new, 10,000 foot-long pipeline. Dry low-NOx combustors and selective catalytic reduction would reduce oxides of nitrogen emissions. An oxidation catalyst would limit emissions of carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds.

If approved by the Energy Commission, the City of Vernon hopes to have the Malburg Generating Station begin commercial operation in mid 2004.

The Committee that will oversee the review is comprised of Energy Commissioner James D. Boyd as Presiding Member and Commissioner Robert Pernell as Associate Member.

Information about the City of Vernon Malburg Generating Station Combined Cycle Project is available on the Energy Commission's website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/vernon/ 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, along with 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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