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For Immediate Release: February 4, 2004
Contact: Chris Davis 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Completes Review Of Ripon Power Plant Proposal

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today adopted the Revised Small Power Plant Exemption Decision for the Modesto Electric Generation Station. The vote of five to zero marks the final step in the Energy Commission review of the 95-megawatt Modesto Irrigation District project in Ripon.

The Energy Commission is allowed to exempt projects of up to 100 megawatts from its power plant certification process if it finds no substantial adverse impacts on the environment, public health or energy resources will result from the construction or operation of the proposed facility. The project must still obtain local permits.

With today's approval of a Mitigated Negative Declaration, the Commission found that the Modesto Electric Generation Station project would comply with the California Environmental Quality Act. The document can now be used by the appropriate agencies to issue the permits to construct the power plant.

The Modesto Irrigation District proposes to build a natural gas-fired, simple-cycle power plant on eight acres of a 12.25-acre site at South Stockton Avenue and Doak Boulevard in the city of Ripon in San Joaquin County. The facility will serve the area's growing demand for power, increase the reliability of the District's local electrical system and further California's effort to increase instate generation. A spokesperson says the District intends to begin construction as soon as possible.

More information on the Modesto Electric Generation Station is available on the Energy Commission's website at:


The California Energy Commission has now licensed 45 power plants since deregulation occurred in 1996, totaling 18,498 megawatts. Twenty four of those plants are in operation, producing 8,311 megawatts. In addition, eight projects, representing 4,117 megawatts are in review in the Energy Commission process.

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


Please address media inquiries to Chris Davis at (916) 654-4989.


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