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For immediate release: April 11, 2003
Media Contact: Chris Davis - (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Committee Recommends
Licensing Vernon Power Plant

Sacramento The Presiding Members Proposed Decision released today by the California Energy Commission recommends licensing the Malburg Generating Station proposed by the City of Vernon. The report finds the project complies with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and standards.

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 Malburg Generating Station. It is the recommendation of the Siting Committee assigned to process the proposal through the Energy Commission review. The full Commission will vote whether to license the plant at its Business Meeting on May 14, 2003. Before the vote can be taken, the proposed decision will be available for a 30-day review and comment period. Anyone wishing to submit written comments can address them to:

California Energy Commission
Docket Unit, MS-4
Attn: Docket No. 01-AFC-25
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

The Malburg Generating Station Siting Committee, comprised of Energy Commissioner James D. Boyd as Presiding Member and Energy Commissioner Robert Pernell as Associate Member, will hold a public conference to receive comments on the proposed decision on:

Friday, May 2, 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 by calling the following toll free number:

Passcode: Malburg
Leader: Susan Gefter

The Malburg Generating Station is a $153-million project proposed by the City of Vernon to provide electricity to customers within the city and elsewhere in the Southland. If approved by the Energy Commission, the 134-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility will be added to the city's Station A power plant site at 2715 East 50th Street. Facilities at the site have been producing electricity since 1933. The project will employ selective catalytic reduction and oxidizing catalysts to reduce air emissions. The generators and associated equipment will be cooled with reclaimed water, saving potable water for other purposes.

The City of Vernon hopes to begin construction on the project in the third quarter of 2003. Construction is expected to take 16-18 months with the facility beginning commercial operation by the last quarter of 2004.

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

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