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For immediate release: July 29, 2003
Contact: Chris Davis (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Releases Staff Draft Analysis
of Ripon Power Plant Proposal


Sacramento - The Draft Initial Study of the Modesto Irrigation District Electric Generation Station (MEGS) Ripon, made available today by the California Energy Commission, finds the proposal would not result in adverse impacts to the environment, public health and safety, or the electric grid. The document is available on the Energy Commission website for viewing or printing at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/ripon/documents#commission

The 95-megawatt, natural gas-fired power project is being considered under the Energy Commission's Small Power Plant Exemption process. The Energy Commission is allowed to exempt power plant proposals of up to 100 megawatts from its standard licensing process if the staff's analysis finds construction and operation of a facility would not result in adverse impacts to the environment, public health and safety, or the electric grid. Under the exemption process, the environmental document prepared by the Energy Commission will be used by local, state and federal agencies to issue the necessary permits for the facility. Once the Energy Commission staff receives comments from all interested parties on the Draft Initial Study, the analysis will be finalized and presented to the Committee for a proposed decision.

The Modesto Irrigation District is seeking approval to build and operate the natural gas-fired Modesto Irrigation District Electric Generation Station on a 6-acre portion of a 12.25-acre site at South Stockton Avenue and Doak Boulevard in Ripon, in San Joaquin County. Two combustion turbines in simple-cycle operation would generate 95 megawatts. The project also includes the construction of one-quarter mile of 69-kilovolt sub-transmission line, one-quarter mile of natural gas pipeline and water supply pipelines.

Written comments on the Draft Initial Study must be submitted by August 8, 2003 to the Energy Commission in care of:

James W. Reede, Jr., Ed.D.
MEGS Ripon Project
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS 15
Sacramento, CA 95814
-or-
E-mail: jreede@energy.state.ca.us

Californians also should have the opportunity to use more energy efficient replacement tires, should improve vehicle maintenance to gain energy efficiency benefits, and should encourage governments to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Members of the public and interested agencies will also have an opportunity to provide comments orally on:

Friday, August 8, 2003
9:30 a.m. to no later than 3 p.m.
Modesto Irrigation District Headquarters
Multi-Purpose Room
1231 Eleventh Street, Modesto, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commission power plant review 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: pao@energy.state.ca.us

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