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For Immediate Release: February 11, 2004
Contact: Chris Davis 916-654-4989


Energy Commission Reports on Progress
of Kings River Power Plant Proposal

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today released the Draft Initial Study of the Kings River Conservation District Peaking Plant proposal. The Energy Commission staff reports that no major issues have arisen so far in the review, and there are no apparent obstacles to getting the additional information necessary to complete the Initial Study, which is scheduled for publication in March 2004.

The Draft Initial Study of the Kings River Conservation District proposal is available on the Energy Commission website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/kingsriver/documents/

The Kings River Conservation District Peaking Plant is being reviewed under the Energy Commission's Small Power Plant Exemption process. The Energy Commission may exempt power plant proposals of up to 100 megawatts from the usual licensing process if it determines that the project will not create a substantial adverse impact on the environment, public health or the transmission system. If the Energy Commission grants the exemption, the District will be responsible for obtaining all necessary permits to build and operate the facility. Local and state agencies will use the Energy Commission's final environmental document to issue their respective permits.

The Kings River Conservation District Peaking Plant would be a 97-megawatt, simple-cycle power plant built around two natural gas-fired turbines that were part of a settlement between the California Department of Water Resources and the Williams Energy Marketing and Trading Company. Williams agreed to supply the turbines to settle charges that grew out of the 2001 energy crisis in California.

The facility is expected to cost $40 million to build on a site south of Fresno, near the community of Malaga in Fresno County. More information on the project is available on the Energy Commission website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/kingsriver/

The next step in the review process will be a public workshop to discuss the Draft Initial Study on:

Monday, February 23, 2004
1 p.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m.
Kings River Conservation District Headquarters Meeting Room
4886 East Jensen Avenue
Fresno, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Written comments on the Draft Initial Study must be submitted by March 1, 2004 to the Energy Commission in care of:

Jack Caswell
Kings River Conservation District Peaking Plant project
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-15
Sacramento, CA 95814
- or -
E-mail: JCaswell@energy.state.ca.us

Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commission power plant licensing process. To find out how to get involved, contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret Kim, at (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at:

[pao@energy.state.ca.us]

Once the Energy Commission staff receives comments from all interested parties on the Draft Initial Study, along with the required technical information, the analysis will be finalized and presented to the Committee of two Energy Commissioners overseeing the project review. The Committee will then write a proposed decision.

Please direct media inquiries 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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