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 :