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For immediate release: January 29, 2003
Media Contact: Chris Davis - (916) 654-4989

East Altamont Energy Center Recommended
for Licensing By Energy Commission

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission should license the East Altamont Energy Center. That is the recommendation in the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released today by the Siting Committee seeing the project application through the Energy Commission review process.

The proposed decision for the East Altamont Energy Center can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's website at:


The Presiding Member's Proposed Decision is not the final decision on the East Altamont Energy Center. The full Energy Commission must vote whether to license the project. Before that vote can take place, the proposed decision will be available for a 30-day public review and comment period. Anyone wishing to submit written comments should address them to:

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

In addition, the East Altamont Siting Committee, consisting of Energy Commission Chairman William J. Keese as Presiding Member and Commissioner Robert Pernell as Associate Member, will hold a public conference to receive comments on:

Monday, February 24, 2003
Beginning at 10 a.m.
Tracy Elks Lodge #2031
Tracy, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

When the Energy Commission licenses a plant, all negative impacts the plant might cause must be mitigated. The proposed decision recommends helping to mitigate the impacts of the East Altamont Energy Center by requiring the use of reclaimed water for cooling as it becomes available. Among other measures, the applicant has agreed to spend $1 million to mitigate air quality impacts in the nearby San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District, though the proposed plant is actually within the boundaries of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

The half a billion dollar East Altamont Energy Center is a proposal of East Altamont Energy Center, LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Calpine. The plans call for an 1,100-megawatt, combined-cycle, natural gas-fired facility. The proposed site is 43.5 acres of a 174 acre parcel in unincorporated Alameda County, one mile west of the San Joaquin County line and one mile southeast of the Contra Costa County line. If approved, the project will include the construction of a 230-kilovolt switchyard and approximately half a mile of transmission line.

Calpine has a contract to supply power from the plant to the state of California. An analysis by the Energy Commission staff found the power is needed to support Northern California's electrical supply, particularly that of the Bay Area.

Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commission power plant licensing process, even as this review enters its final phase. To find out how to get involved, contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at:


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