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For immediate release: December 26, 2002
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Releases Staff Analysis Updates
for Vernon and San Joaquin Power Plant Proposals

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission staff is making two very different recommendations for two power plant proposals in the late stages of the review process.

The addendum to the Staff Assessment of the city of Vernon Malburg Generation Station that was just released recommends the project for approval. This addendum to the Staff Analysis is available on the Energy Commission website at:

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

The city of Vernon is requesting a license to build and operate the Malburg Generation Station to sell electricity to customers within the city and elsewhere in the Southland. The plans call for a 134-megawatt, combined-cycle, natural gas-fired facility to be located at the site of Station A at 2715 East 50th Street. The Station A site has been producing electricity for the city of Vernon since 1933.

The next step for the Malburg Generation Station proposal is a Pre-hearing Conference on January 9th, followed by Evidentiary Hearings.

The addendum to the Staff Assessment of the San Joaquin Valley Energy Center, which was also just released, states that Energy Commission staff cannot recommend approval of the project at this time. The main reason is a concern expressed by the staff of the Energy Commission and the US Environmental Protection Agency over the quantity and validity of air quality offsets supplied by the applicant, San Joaquin Valley Energy Center, LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Calpine Corporation. The applicant and Energy Commission staff also disagree over a staff plan to mitigate noise from the proposed power plant.

The San Joaquin Valley Energy Center Addendum to the Staff Assessment can be found on the Energy Commission website at:

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

The San Joaquin Valley Energy Center is proposed for a 25-acre site in an industrial area of the city of San Joaquin. The combined-cycle, natural gas-fired facility would rely on three combustion-turbine generators combined with heat-recovery steam generators, a duct burner, and a steam turbine to produce 1,060 megawatts.

Public involvement is a very important part of the Energy Commission power plant licensing process. To find out how to get involved, contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, at (916) 654-4489, (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at:

Pao@energy.ca.state.ca.us

www.energy.ca.gov

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