[ News Release picture montage ]

For immediate release: August 22, 2003
Contact: Chris Davis (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Releases Staff Analysis
of Ripon Power Plant Proposal

Sacramento - The staff of the California Energy Commission believes that the Modesto Irrigation District Electric Generation Station Ripon can be permitted and constructed without harming the environment or public health. In the Final Initial Study released today by the Energy Commission, the staff concludes that, with the proposed Conditions of Exemption, the power plant will not cause significant adverse impacts.

The Final Initial Study for the Modesto Irrigation District Electric Generation Station Ripon is available for viewing or printing on the Energy Commission website at:


The 95-megawatt power plant proposal 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 that construction and operation of a facility would not result in adverse impacts to the environment, public health and safety, or energy resources.

The Modesto Irrigation District is seeking approval to build and operate the natural gas-fired, simple-cycle power plant on an eight-acre portion of a 12.25-acre site at South Stockton Avenue and Doak Boulevard in Ripon, in San Joaquin County. Two combustion turbines will generate the 95 megawatts

If approved and built, the Modesto Irrigation District Electric Generation Station Ripon will help the district supply a growing demand for power and increase the reliability of its electrical system. The power plant would also further the state of California's effort to develop local generation projects to reduce dependence on imported electricity.

Written comments on the Final Initial Study must be submitted to the following address at the Energy Commission by August 29, 2003:

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

Comments may also be delivered at a public Evidentiary Hearing on September 2, 2003, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Modesto Irrigation District offices at 1231 Eleventh Street, Modesto, California. Following the Evidentiary Hearing, the Committee of two Commissioners seeing this proposal through the Energy Commission review process will issue a proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration. That document will be presented to the full Energy Commission for a vote. If approved, the Mitigated Negative Declaration will become the document used by the appropriate agencies to issue the permits to construct the project.

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, at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at: pao@energy.state.ca.us

# # #

| News Releases Main Page | Commission Homepage | Site Index | Search Site | Links | Glossary | Contact Us |