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For Immediate Release: February 18, 2004
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Licenses Third Power Plant of 2004

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today licensed the Turlock Irrigation District's Walnut Energy Center power project. The 250-megawatt, natural gas-fired facility is the 46th power plant licensed by the Energy Commission since deregulation occurred in 1996.

The Turlock Irrigation District anticipates beginning the two-year construction schedule in March 2004 to complete the power plant in time to begin operations in the second quarter of 2006. The 18-acre project site is near the intersection of West Main Street and Washington Road in the city of Turlock.

The District estimates a cost of $160 million to $220 million to build the plant. The facility will provide generation to meet the District's growing residential, commercial and industrial demand for electricity, as well as replace power that is currently being purchased under long-term contracts that will expire in the next few years.

Of the 46 plants approved by the Energy Commission since 1996, twenty four are in operation, producing 8,311 megawatts. There are an additional seven projects in review in the Energy Commission Power Plant Siting process, representing 3,897 megawatts.

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


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