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For Immediate Release: January 30, 2004
Contact: Chris Davis 916-654-4989

Committee Recommends Energy Commission
Approval Of El Segundo Power Plant Project

Sacramento - The Committee responsible for the California Energy Commission review of the El Segundo Generating Station proposal recommends licensing the project. The recommendation was released today in the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision.

The document can be found on the Energy Commission website at:


El Segundo II, LLC, is proposing to build a combined-cycle, natural gas-fired, modern, efficient, 630-megawatt power plant to replace two units that use 1950's technology. The project would use existing infrastructure on the current site of the El Segundo Generating Station, while lowering the height of two of the four stacks. Views of the power plant would be screened, maintaining ocean and scenic views. Emissions into the air will be minimized by state-of-the-art control technology, with complete offsets provided by the owner for problem pollutants.

Water to cool the new facility will continue to be provided by a once-through system that draws sea water from Santa Monica Bay. To help minimize the impact of the once-through system on aquatic life, the project owner will provide $1 million in trust to the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. An annual flow cap will be placed on the sea water cooling system and El Segundo II, LLC, will conduct a study to evaluate the potential for using an aquatic filter barrier to prevent small organisms in the Bay from being pulled into the cooling system. If feasible, the owner will also install a filter barrier.

The Presiding Member's Proposed Decision is not the final decision on the El Segundo Generating Station. The full California Energy Commission will vote whether to license the project following a comment period and public conference. Written comments on the proposed decision will be accepted through March 1, 2004.

Comments must be sent to:

El Segundo Generating Station
Docket # 00-AFC-14
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-9
Sacramento, CA 95814

The El Segundo Generating Station Siting Committee will also hold a public conference to accept comments on the proposed decision, on:

Monday, February 23, 2004
1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
City of El Segundo
City Council Chambers
350 Main Street
El Segundo, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commission power plant licensing process. For more information on how to submit comments and get involved in the process, contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at:pao@energy.state.ca.us

Media inquiries should be addressed to Chris Davis at (916) 654-4989.


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