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For Immediate Release: March 17, 2004
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

San Jose Power Plant Upgrade Proposal Begins Energy Commission Review

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission review of the Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility Phase Two proposal officially got underway today. The Commission vote of 4 to 0 to accept the project as data adequate at this morning's business meeting starts the 12-month licensing process.

The Commissioners' vote means the Energy Commission staff has enough information to begin evaluating the Calpine proposal. The goal of the staff assessment is to ensure the project results in a safe and reliable power plant with no unmitigated adverse impacts to public health, the transmission system or the environment.

Los Esteros Phase One was approved by the Energy Commission on July 2, 2002 and is currently supplying 180 megawatts to meet local demand for electricity. The project is located north of Highway 237 in North San Jose, southeast of the Water Pollution Control Plant. Calpine's Application for Certification for Los Esteros Phase Two seeks two goals: recertification to continue operating Phase One of the project past the 2005 expiration date of the current license and approval to convert the simple-cycle facility to a more-efficient, combined-cycle power plant that would produce a total of 320 megawatts.

The power from the combined-cycle facility will serve a part of the Bay Area which has been identified as one of the most energy-deficient areas of the state.

More information on the Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility Phase Two project is available on the Energy Commission website at:


The Committee named this morning to guide the proposal through the Energy Commission review process is composed of Energy Commission Chair William J. Keese as Presiding Member and Commissioner B.B. Blevins as Associate Member.

The Committee will sponsor an informational hearing and site visit in the near future to introduce the proposal and take comments from the public, as well as officials from other local, state and federal agencies that will be involved in the review. The Energy Commission will issue a notice with the date, place and time, well in advance of the informational hearing and site visit.

Public involvement is an important part of the Energy Commission power plant licensing process. To find out how to participate, contact the Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (916) 654-4489, (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at: pao@energy.state.ca.us

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