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For immediate release: June 10, 2002
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Releases
Staff Analysis of Russell City Energy Center


Sacramento - The staff of the California Energy Commission recommends licensing the proposed 600-megawatt Russell City Energy Center in the Final Staff Assessment. The evaluation released today includes an analysis of all potential impacts of the proposed project, the staff's recommended mitigation measures and the conditions that should apply to the design, construction, operation and closure of the facility, should the Commission grant a license.

The Russell City Energy Center Staff analysis can be found online at:

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


The Final Staff Assessment is not a Commission decision or proposed decision on the Russell City Energy Center. It is a staff document analyzing the potential impacts of the project, based on a thorough and independent review of input from the public, local, state, and federal agencies in accordance with the Public Resources Code and California Environmental Quality Act.

The Russell City Energy Center, as proposed by Calpine, would be a 600-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant, built on 14.7 acres in the city of Hayward. The proposed site is at the southwest corner of Enterprise Avenue and Whitesell Street, adjacent to the city's water treatment plant. Project plans call for two combustion-turbine generators, two heat recovery-steam generators, and a condensing steam turbine generator. A switchyard will also be built on the site, with 1.1 miles of transmission line installed to connect the facility to PG&E's Eastshore substation and nearly a mile of underground gas pipeline.

The next step for the project is evidentiary hearings. The schedule for the hearings to establish the factual record necessary for the Committee to reach a proposed decision in the case is:

Thursday & Friday, June 20 & 21, 2002
Beginning at 9 a.m.
City Hall
City of Hayward
777 B Street
Hayward, California

(Wheelchair Accessible)

More information about the Russell City evidentiary hearings is available on the Energy Commission website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/russellcity/notices/


Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commission's power plant certification process. To find out how to participate, contact 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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