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For immediate release: July 16, 2002
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Releases Assessment
of Proposed San Joaquin Valley Energy Center


Sacramento - A report produced by Energy Commission Staff assessing the construction and operation of the proposed San Joaquin Valley Energy Center is now available for review.

The Staff Assessment is based upon an analysis of the information currently available. It presents analysis and proposed conditions that apply to the design, construction, operation and closure of the proposed electrical generation facility should it be approved. The report can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/sanjoaquin

The project, planned by Calpine, would be a 1,060-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility. The site is located on an 85-acre parcel in the city of San Joaquin in Fresno County near the Mendota Wildlife Management Area. Construction of the new power plant is expected to cost approximately $550 million.

Energy Commission staff will hold a workshop in which the public and other agencies can comment on and ask questions about the Staff Assessment. The workshop is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, 2002. A notice with the time and location will be released as soon as workshop details are finalized.

Persons requiring information on how to participate in the review process of the San Joaquin Valley Energy Center should contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, by telephone at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us].

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