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For immediate release: February 4, 2003
Media Contact: Chris Davis - (916) 654-4989

Magnolia Power Project
Recommended For Energy Commission Approval

Sacramento - The Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released today recommends that the California Energy Commission license the Magnolia Power Project.

The proposed decision 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 Magnolia Power Project. It is the recommendation, including proposed conditions of certification, of the Siting Committee overseeing the proposal through the Energy Commission review process. The full Energy Commission must vote whether to license the plant. Before that vote can take place, the proposed decision will be available for a 30-day 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-6
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

In addition, the Magnolia Power Project Siting Committee, consisting of Energy Commissioner John L. Geesman as Presiding Member and Commissioner Arthur H. Rosenfeld as Associate Member, will hold a public hearing to reopen the evidentiary record to incorporate additional information and receive comments on the proposed decision on:

Monday, February 24, 2003
Beginning at 2 p.m.
California Energy Commission
Hearing Room A
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Those who wish to participate in the hearing, but cannot travel to Sacramento, can take part via teleconference. A line for the teleconference may be reserved by contacting the Energy Commission's Public Adviser at the telephone number or e-mail address listed at the end of this release.

The Magnolia Power Project is a $225-million proposal of the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA). The new facility is proposed for the site of the existing Magnolia Power Station at 164 West Magnolia Avenue in Burbank. Like the existing generating units at the site, the city of Burbank Water and Power Department will operate the new combined-cycle, natural gas-fired, 328-megawatt plant if it is approved and built. Construction is expected to take 24 months, with the goal of having the Magnolia Power Project operational in the second quarter of 2005. Electricity from the project will help supply the needs of customers in member cities, including Burbank, Pasadena, Glendale, Anaheim, Colton and Cerritos.

State-of-the-art equipment will control emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and carbon monoxide. The facility will use reclaimed water for cooling. A Zero Liquid Discharge system will be employed so that no wastewater will be released from the power plant.

Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commission power plant licensing process. To find out how to get involved, contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at:


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