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For Immediate Release: April 21, 2004
Contact: Chris Davis   916-654-4989

Proposed San Francisco Power Plant Begins Energy Commission Review

Sacramento - The San Francisco Electric Reliability Project is ready to begin the California Energy Commission licensing process. The Commission voted 3-0 this morning to accept the project as data adequate, which starts the 12-month Energy Commission licensing process. Today's vote means the Commission staff has enough information to begin evaluating the project's potential impacts.

The San Francisco Electric Reliability Project is a proposal from the City of San Francisco. The project site is a portion of the existing Potrero Power Plant property where the Potrero Unit Seven project was previously proposed.

The proposed facility would consist of three natural gas-fired turbines operating in a simple-cycle configuration to produce 145 megawatts. Four turbines were made available at no cost to San Francisco as part of a settlement of charges against the Williams Marketing and Trading Company that resulted from the 2001 energy crisis. The City is exploring other sites to locate the fourth turbine.

The San Francisco Electric Reliability Project would be cooled by reclaimed water that would be delivered to a new water treatment plant to be located on the project site. State-of-the-art control equipment would reduce emissions of air pollutants.

If approved, construction of the facility is expected to take 12-14 months. The capital cost of the project is expected to be $140 million.

San Francisco's goal is to use the four turbines from the Williams settlement, along with a series of electric transmission upgrades, to replace the old, unreliable, and polluting Hunter's Point Power Plant.

More information on the San Francisco Electric Reliability project is available on the Energy Commission website at:


The Committee appointed this morning to see the proposal through the Energy Commission review process is composed of Energy Commissioner James D. Boyd as Presiding Member and Commissioner John L. Geesman as Associate Member.

The Committee will sponsor an informational hearing and site visit in the near future to introduce the proposal and receive comments from the public, as well as officials from other 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 hearing and site visit.

Public involvement is an important part of the Energy Commission power plant licensing process. To find out how to get involved in the proceeding, contact the Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (916) 654-4489, (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at:


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