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For immediate release: October 3, 2002
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Report Recommends
Magnolia Power Project Be Approved


Sacramento - The Final Staff Assessment for the Magnolia Power Project is now available from the California Energy Commission. The staff analysis recommends the full Energy Commission approve the 328-megawatt facility planned for the grounds of the existing City of Burbank power plant with the staffŐs proposed Conditions of Certification. With the conditions, the project would conform with all laws, ordinances, regulations and standards and pose no significant impacts on the environment or surrounding community.

The Final Staff Assessment includes a detailed description of the proposed power plant, along with the staffŐs conclusions and proposed conditions that would apply to the design, construction, operation and closure of the facility, if it is licensed. The report can be viewed and printed from the Energy CommissionŐs website at:

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

The Final Staff Assessment is not a decision or proposed decision on the project. The information contained in the report will serve as the Energy Commission staffŐs testimony at Evidentiary Hearings later this year. The testimony at the Evidentiary Hearings from the staff, applicant, other agencies and interested parties will help determine the Proposed Decision that will go to the full Commission for its eventual consideration.

The Magnolia Power Project is a proposal of the Southern California Public Power Authority. The Authority is requesting Energy Commission approval to build and operate a 328-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle generating facility on 16 acres in Burbank, California. The site, at 164 West Magnolia Boulevard, is owned by the City of Burbank Water and Power Department.

Because the new facility is adjacent to an existing power plant, no new transmission lines, gas, water or wastewater pipelines would be required. Under the recent Zero Liquid Discharge supplement to the project, reclaimed water and contaminated groundwater would cool the plant, resulting in an efficient use of water and a minimal consumption of potable water. If approved and constructed, the plant would generate electricity for homes in Burbank, Anaheim, Colton, Glendale, Pasadena, Cerritos and San Marcos.

The next step in the review process will be a Prehearing Conference held by the Committee of two Commissioners overseeing the Energy Commission review. That conference will help the Committee establish a schedule for the Evidentiary Hearings. The Energy Commission will issue notices for both the conference and the hearings when details are finalized.

There are many ways to participate in the power plant certification process. To find out how to get involved, contact the Energy CommissionŐs Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, at (916) 654-4489, (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us].

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