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For immediate release: May 23, 2003
Media Contact: Chris Davis - (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Final Assessment Available for
Inland Empire Energy Center Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission staff released their final assessment today of the Inland Empire Energy Center Project. The document recommends the Commission not approve the proposal until Calpine identifies a complete air emission offset package. The report indicates that all other environmental impacts of the proposed facility can be mitigated and that the proposal would comply with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and standards.

The Final Staff Assessment of the Inland Empire Energy Center Project is available on the Energy Commission website at:

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

The Final Staff Assessment does not represent a decision or proposed decision on the project. The document will serve as the Energy Commission staff’s testimony at upcoming evidentiary hearings. Testimony from other government agencies involved in the project review, along with that of the applicant and other interested parties, will be considered by the Committee of two Energy Commissioners seeing the case through the review process before they write a proposed decision. The proposed decision will then be submitted for consideration by the full Energy Commission.

The proposal from Calpine is for a 670-megawatt, combined-cycle, natural gas-fired power plant in Romoland, California, that could provide as much as 704 megawatts during periods of peak demand for electricity. Two combustion-turbine generators with heat-recovery steam generators and a steam-turbine generator would be equipped with state-of-the-art technology to control air emissions. The project includes a new natural gas pipeline and compressor station to supply fuel. Recycled water would be used to cool the facility as it becomes available. Initially, a limited amount of fresh water would supplement the use of reclaimed water.

The project site is located in the community of Romoland, six miles west of the city of Hemet and four miles east of the city of Perris. The 46-acre site is bordered by Ethanac Road and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to the north, Antelope Road to the west and San Jacinto Road to the east.

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

Pao@energy.state.ca.us

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