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For immediate release: September 13, 2002
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Reports on
Progress of Tesla Power Plant Proposal Review

Sacramento - The Preliminary Staff Assessment of the proposed Tesla Power Plant Project is available from the California Energy Commission at:


While much of the analysis of the application has been completed in the Preliminary Staff Assessment, the Energy Commission staff requires more information in several areas before completing the review and making any recommendations on the project in the Final Staff Assessment.

Those areas in which more information is needed include: air quality offsets and mitigation, San Joaquin kit fox habitat mitigation, a certificate of cancellation of the Williamson Act contract on the proposed power plant site, and the source of water to cool the plant.

The Tesla Power Plant Project is a proposal of Midway Power, LLC, which is a subsidiary of the Florida Power and Light Group, Inc. The plans submitted to the Energy Commission call for a combined-cycle, 1,120-megawatt facility fired by natural gas to be built on 60-acres in Alameda County just north of PG&E's Tesla Substation and west of the San Joaquin County line. Four combustion-turbine generators using heat-recovery steam generators would provide steam for two steam turbine generators.

Natural gas will be supplied to the project via a new 2.8-mile pipeline. The applicant's proposed water supply to cool the plant would come from the California Aqueduct under a water exchange and groundwater banking agreement with the Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District in Kern County.

Written comments on the Preliminary Staff Assessment for the Tesla Power Plant Project will be accepted by the Energy Commission through October 11, 2002. In addition, two workshops have been scheduled for interested parties and other agencies to provide comments on the report and for the Energy Commission staff to gather more of the necessary information. The first workshop, on water issues, is scheduled for:

Tuesday, September 24, 2002
Beginning at 10 a.m.
California Energy Commission
Hearing Room A
1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento
(Wheelchair Accessible)

A workshop on all other outstanding issues will be held on:

Wednesday, September 25, 2002
Beginning at 2 p.m.
VFW Post 1537
430 West Grantline Road
Tracy, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commission's power plant certification process. People may participate in a variety of ways. 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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