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

Energy Commission Review
Begins of Roseville Power Plant Proposal


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission review of the proposed Roseville Energy Park Application For Certification officially got underway today. The four to zero vote of the Energy Commission to accept the project as data adequate starts the 12-month licensing process.

The Commissioners' vote to accept the project as data adequate means the Energy Commission staff has enough information to begin evaluating Roseville Electric's proposal to ensure the project results in a safe and reliable power plant with no unmitigated adverse impacts to public health, the transmission system or the environment.

The city of Roseville's Municipal Utility, Roseville Electric, currently purchases nearly all of the electricity it supplies to customers. The utility's goals for the Roseville Energy Park are to:

  • Bring the facility on-line in 2006
  • Replace 65 percent of the utility's energy purchases
  • Stabilize rates and voltage
  • Achieve some independence from energy market fluctuations

The Roseville Energy Park project includes a combined-cycle power plant, an on-site switchyard and six-mile natural gas pipeline. As proposed, the facility would produce 120 megawatts, with the ability to generate as much as 160 megawatts when the summertime demand for electricity is highest. One megawatt is enough energy to power approximately 1,000 homes.

Roseville Electric expects to spend between $100 million and $130 million to build the generation station. The project site is 12 acres owned by the city, adjacent to the Pleasant Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant. The power plant would use tertiary-treated wastewater from the facility next door for cooling. A zero-liquid discharge system would eliminate wastewater discharge and lessen the use of water by the power plant.

More information on the Roseville Energy Park project is available on the Energy Commission website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/roseville/

The Committee named today to see the proposal through the Energy Commission review process is made up of Commissioner John L. Geesman as Presiding Member and Commissioner Arthur H. Rosenfeld as Associate Member.

The Committee will sponsor an informational hearing and site visit in the near future. Members of the public, along with officials from other state, federal and local agencies that will be involved in the review, will have the opportunity to learn more about the project and comment on it. The Energy Commission will release a notice of the place, date and time of the informational hearing and site visit within a week.

Public involvement is an important part of the Energy Commission power plant licensing process. To find out how to participate, contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret Kim, at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at:

pao@energy.state.ca.us

Note to Editors: The Energy Commission offers an automated mail list that e-mails news releases and the notices related to power plant siting case to reporters and others interested in the projects. For information, and to sign up, click on the words List Servers in the left-hand column of the Energy Commission's home page at:

www.energy.ca.gov/listservers/

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