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For immediate release: July 31, 2002
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Releases Proposed Decision For Hayward Power Plant Project

Sacramento - A California Energy Commission Siting Committee is recommending approval for Calpine's Russell City Energy Center Power Plant Project.

The Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released today finds that the Russell City project poses no major unmitigated impacts that would stand in the way of licensing. The Russell City Energy Center Presiding Member's Proposed Decision is available online on the California Energy Commission website at:


The Presiding Member's Proposed Decision is not a final decision on the project. It does include suggested Conditions of Certification for the Russell City Energy Center. Those conditions will ensure the project is designed, built and operated in the manner necessary to protect public health and safety, provide needed electrical generation to the South Bay Area and preserve environmental quality.

Before the full Commission votes on the Russell City proposed decision, the report will be available for review and public comment for 30 days. A public conference to allow comment on the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision has also been scheduled for:

Thursday, August 22, 2002
Beginning at 10 a.m.
Hayward City Hall
777 B Street
Hayward, California 94541
(Wheelchair Accessible)

People who wish to submit written comments on the project may do so by 3 p.m., August 30, 2002. All comments should be addressed to:

California Energy Commission
Docket Unit, MS-4
Attn: Docket No. 01-AFC-7
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

The Energy Commission Siting Committee for the Russell City Energy Center Power Plant Project consists of Energy Commission Chairman William J. Keese as Presiding Member and Commissioner Robert Pernell as Associate Member. The full Energy Commission is expected to consider the Proposed Decision at a September Business Meeting.

The heart of the Russell City Energy Center, as proposed by Calpine, would be two combustion-turbine generators, two heat recovery steam generators and a condensing-steam turbine, producing a total of 600 megawatts. A switchyard would also be built on the 14.7-acre site in Hayward, at the corner of Enterprise Avenue and Whitesell Street, with 1.1 miles of transmission line to connect the project to PG&E's Eastshore Substation. Reclaimed water to cool the plant will be supplied by the nearby Hayward Water Pollution Control Facility. As part of the project, Calpine would build an advanced water treatment facility that would be owned and operated by the city of Hayward.

More information on the Russell City Energy Center Power Plant Project is available on the Energy Commission website at:


Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commission's review process. To find out how to participate, contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, at (916) 654-4989, toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us].

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