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

Energy Commission Releases Early Analysis of
Kings County Power Plant Proposal


Sacramento - The Preliminary Staff Assessment for the Avenal Power Plant Project is available on the California Energy Commission website at:

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

This document does not represent a decision or proposed decision on the project. The report represents the Energy Commission staff's draft analysis so far of the plans for the power plant based on a review of the proposal in accordance with the Public Resources Code and the California Environmental Quality Act.

Before the Energy Commission staff can complete its final assessment of the project, they need more information. Specifically, the staff needs additional information about the proposed plant's impacts on air quality, biological resources, land use, transmission system engineering and visual resources.

A workshop will be scheduled soon for the staff to begin gathering more information and receive comments from the public and other agencies on the Preliminary Staff Assessment. Members of the public and other interested parties will be notified when a final date, time and location is set for the workshop.

The Project would be located on a 148-acre site in an agricultural region in the City of Avenal, along the western edge of the San Joaquin Valley. The 600-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant would consist of two trains of combustion-turbine generators and heat-recovery steam generators feeding one steam-turbine generator. As proposed, the project would interconnect to the PG&E transmission grid through a new, on-site switchyard.

Once the Energy Commission issues a Final Staff Assessment -- expected this fall -- the Avenal Siting Committee, comprised of Energy Commissioner James D. Boyd as Presiding Member and Chairman William J. Keese as Associate member, will begin formal evidentiary hearings on the proposed power plant.

Public input is an important part of California's power plant certification process. To find out how to get involved, 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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