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For Immediate Release: April 26, 2004
Contact: Chris Davis   916-654-4989


New South Bay Power Plant Proposal Unveiled To Public

Sacramento - Members of the public and other interested parties have an opportunity to learn more about the proposed Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility Phase Two project.

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. Calpine's application for the Phase Two project seeks two goals: recertification to continue operating Phase One past the 2005 expiration date of the current license and approval to convert the current simple-cycle facility to a more-efficient, combined-cycle power plant that would produce a total of 320 megawatts.

The California Energy Commission has designated a Committee of two Commissioners to conduct the review proceedings on the Phase Two application. The Committee will hold a public informational hearing and site visit on Tuesday, May 4, 2004.

What: Site Visit
When: Departs at 5:30 p.m.

What: Informational Hearing
When: Begins after the site visit at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Alviso Community & Youth Center
            5040 North First Street
            San Jose, California
            (Wheelchair Accessible)

Bus transportation to the site visit will be provided from the hearing location. Landowners, members of the public and governmental agencies are invited to participate in both events. Reservations for the site visit must be made in advance through the Energy Commission Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489, (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at:

pao@energy.state.ca.us

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, will be present to explain the Commission's power plant review process and assist those interested in participating in this case.

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

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/losesteros2

Reporter notes: Please address media inquiries to Chris Davis in the Energy Commission Media and Public Communications office at (916) 654-4989.

The Energy Commission is continuously updating the media database to which we send news releases and news advisories. Members of the media who wish to be added to the database, have their contact information updated, or deleted, should send an e-mail to:

mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us

Please indicate the types of information in which you are interested, such as San Francisco or Bay Area power plant cases.

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