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For Immediate Release: January 16, 2004
Contact: Chris Davis 916-654-4989


Fresno County Power Plant Proposal Begins California Energy Commission Review

Sacramento - Members of the public and other interested parties will have an opportunity to learn more about the proposed Kings River Conservation District Peaking Plant at three public events on Monday, January 26, 2004.

The proposed 97-megawatt, natural gas-fired, simple-cycle facility would cover nine and one-half acres of a 19-acre industrial site south of Fresno near the community of Malaga. The Kings River Conservation District project was admitted under the California Energy Commission's Small Power Plant Exemption process.

Under this process, the Energy Commission may exempt power plant proposals up to 100 megawatts from its usual licensing process if it determines that the project will not create a substantial impact on the environment or transmission system. If the Energy Commission grants the exemption, the Kings River Conservation District will be required to obtain all necessary local, state and federal permits to build and operate the proposed facility.

What: Site Visit
When: Begins at 12:45 p.m. (advance reservations required)


What: Public Informational Hearing
When: Begins at 2 p.m.


What: Data Response and Issue Resolution Workshop
When: 3:30 p.m. to approximately 6:30 p.m.


Where: Kings River Conservation District Headquarters Meeting Room

4886 East Jensen Avenue
Fresno, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)


Prior to the informational hearing, members of the public are invited to join the Committee of two Energy Commissioners conducting the proceedings for the Kings River Conservation District Peaking Plant on a tour of the project site. Bus transportation to the site visit will be provided from the hearing location. Reservations for the site visit must be made in advance through the Energy Commission's Public Adviser's office at (916) 654-4489, (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at:

pao@energy.state.ca.us

The purpose of the workshop is to review the district's responses to data requests issued by the Energy Commission staff and to work toward resolving potential issues.

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, will be present to explain the Small Power Plant Exemption process and assist those interested in participating.

More information about the project is available on the Energy Commission's website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/kingsriver

Media inquiries should be directed to Chris Davis in the Energy Commission Media and Public Communications office at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at energia@energy.ca.gov.

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