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For Immediate Release: April 16, 2004
Contact: Chris Davis   916-654-4989


Energy Commission Releases Revised Proposed Decision for El Segundo Power Plant Project

Sacramento - The Committee responsible for the California Energy Commission review of the El Segundo Power Redevelopment Project confirms its earlier recommendation to license the project in the Revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released today.

The document is available on the Energy Commission website at:

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

Some of the Committee's proposed conditions of certification have changed. The Revised Proposed Decision requires the applicant, El Segundo Power II, LLC, to conduct a study of the impact of the once-through cooling system on the species in Santa Monica Bay. The study must be completed by the time the permit for the system comes up for renewal before the Regional Water Board in 2005. The applicant must also reduce entrainment of marine organisms by the cooling water intake by 60% before the power plant can begin operating. Impingement must be reduced by 80%. Entrainment happens when species get drawn into the cooling water intake. Impingement occurs when species are caught on the intake screen.

The project owner will be required to test an aquatic filter barrier to eliminate entrainment and, if it is feasible, install the filter barrier. The owner has agreed to provide $1 million to study the biological dynamics of Santa Monica Bay and improve habitat for its species. The Proposed Decision also requires a reduced flow cap on the amount of water the once-through cooling system intake can draw annually, with more specific seasonal limits in February, March and April.

In recognition of the importance of protecting California's coast, the Committee has included most of the Coastal Commission's recommendations, although the Energy Commission is not legally required to include provisions recommended in the Coastal Report. An explanation of the legal issues involved in this case can be found in a section that is new to the Revised Proposed Decision, entitled “Override.”

The Committee will sponsor a conference to accept comments on the Revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision on:

Thursday, April 29, 2004
Beginning at 1 p.m.
El Segundo City Council Chambers
350 Main Street
El Segundo, California

Written comments must be received by the El Segundo Redevelopment Project Committee by May 3, 2004. Comments must be addressed to:

Garret Shean
El Segundo Power Redevelopment Project
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-9
Sacramento, California 95814

Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commission power plant licensing process. For more information on how to submit comments, or participate in the public conference, contact the Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at:

pao@energy.state.ca.us

El Segundo Power II, LLC, proposes to build a combined-cycle, natural gas-fired, modern, efficient, 630-megawatt power plant to replace two units that used 1950's technology. The project would use existing infrastructure on the current site of the El Segundo power plant, while lowering the height of two of the four stacks.

The Revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision is not the final decision on the El Segundo Redevelopment Project. The full Energy Commission is scheduled to consider the Proposed Decision at the Business Meeting on May 5, 2004.

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