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For Immediate Release: June 27, 2003
Contact: Chris Davis - (916) 654-4989

Committee Recommends Energy Commission
License Escondido Power Plant

Sacramento - The Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released today recommends that the Palomar Energy Project be licensed by the California Energy Commission. The proposed decision is the recommendation of the Committee made up of two Energy Commissioners assigned to oversee the proposal through the Energy Commission review process. In addition to recommending the project be approved, the document includes proposed conditions of certification.

The proposed decision for the Palomar Energy Project is available on the Energy Commission website at:


The Palomar Energy Project is a 550-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant proposed by Palomar Energy, LLC, which is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy. The 20-acre site for the project is within the proposed Escondido Research and Technology Center industrial park, located west of Interstate 15 and south of Highway 78, near the intersection of Vineyard Avenue and Enterprise Street.

If the plant is approved, the generators will be cooled by reclaimed water from the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility. Dry low oxides of nitrogen (NOx) combustors, selective catalytic reduction and an oxidation catalyst will reduce air pollutant emissions.

The Presiding Member's Proposed Decision is not the final decision on the Palomar Energy Project. 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, which ends August 1, 2003.

Written comments should be addressed to:

California Energy Commission
Docket Unit, MS-4
Attn: Docket No. 01-AFC-24
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

In addition, the Palomar Energy Project Siting Committee, consisting of Energy Commissioner John L. Geesman as Presiding Member and Energy Commission Chairman William J. Keese as Associate Member, will hold a public hearing to solicit comments on the proposed decision on August 1, 2003, at 2 p.m. in Sacramento. A toll free number for that day is provided so that members of the public who cannot travel to Sacramento can participate in the hearing: 1-888-462-1974.

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



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