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


New Proposed Decision Released for Morro Bay Power Plant Project

Sacramento-The Second Revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released today by the California Energy Commission reconfirms the previous recommendation to license the Morro Bay Power Plant Project.

The Proposed Decision makes findings that override those portions of the Coastal Act and the City of Morro Bay's Local Coastal Program which, as interpreted by the Coastal Commission, could have prevented the construction and operation of the project. A new section entitled Override explains the Committee's rationale in reaching the recommended findings.

In recognition of the importance of protecting California's coast, the Committee has included most Coastal Commission recommendations, though the Energy Commission is not legally required to include provisions recommended in the Coastal Report.

The Second Revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision for the Morro Bay Modernization and Replacement Power Plant Project is available on the Energy Commission's website at:

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

Written comments on the proposed decision must be received by the Energy Commission by May 3, 2004. Comments must be addressed to:

Gary Fay
Morro Bay Power Plant Project
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-9
Sacramento, California 95814

Those who wish further information about how to provide comments should 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

Duke Energy Morro Bay LLC is requesting a license to replace the existing Morro Bay Power Plant with a combined-cycle facility just north of the current plant. The project would result in an increase of approximately 20% in generating capacity from 1,002 to 1,200 megawatts. Approximately 30% less natural gas would be needed by the new, more efficient, facility to produce each megawatt. The existing facility would be torn down after the new power plant is built.

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