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For immediate release: December 17, 2003
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Licenses Riverside County Power Plant


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today approved a permit for the Inland Empire Energy Center. The Commission has licensed 43 power plants since 1999.

"The California Energy Commission staff has worked hard over the past several years to license the plants California needs to power its future," said Commissioner Robert Pernell. "The area of Riverside County in which the Inland Empire Energy Center will be located is growing rapidly, so the electricity will be needed in the years to come. The power plant will also increase the area's tax base, bring approximately 250 construction jobs and 23 high-paying, permanent jobs."

The Inland Empire Energy Center planned by Calpine for a site near Romoland, between Perris and Hemet, would be a 670-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined cycle power plant. The facility could provide as much as 704-megawatts during summertime periods of peak demand for electricity.

The facility will be state-of-the-art in terms of efficiency and emission controls, which will include selective catalytic reduction to limit emissions of Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx). NOx is an ozone precursor. Calpine is required by today's Final Decision to purchase NOx RECLAIM trading credits from the South Coast Air Quality Management District before building the project to offset the remaining NOx emissions.

More information on the Inland Empire Energy Center is available on the Energy Commission website at:

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

The California Energy Commission has now licensed 43 power plants since 1999, totaling 17,312 megawatts, including both the Inland Empire Energy Center, and the 185-megawatt Salton Sea Unit 6 Geothermal Project which was also licensed today. Of those approved plants, 24 are now in operation, producing 8,311 megawatts. With the addition of 1,229 megawatts that were permitted locally, outside the Energy Commission process, California has added 9,540 megawatts of new generation since 1999. In addition, nine projects, representing 5,159 megawatts are in active review in the Energy Commission's licensing process.

More information on Energy Commission power plant projects is available at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/all_projects.html

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