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For Immediate Release: May 5, 2004
Contact: Chris Davis   916-654-4989

Riverside Power Project Begins Energy Commission Review

Sacramento - The City of Riverside Public Utilities' proposal to build a small power plant took a step forward with today's action by the California Energy Commission. The Commission assigned a Committee of two Commissioners to conduct the Small Power Plant Exemption review process for the Riverside Energy Resource Center Project.

The Energy Commission may exempt power plants of up to 100 megawatts from its usual 12-month licensing process if it finds that the project would not create a significant adverse impact on the environment, public health, or the transmission system. If the Energy Commission grants the Small Power Plant Exemption, a process that typically takes 5-6 months, Riverside Public Utilities will be responsible for obtaining all necessary local, state and federal permits to build and operate the proposed facility. The agencies involved would use the environmental document produced by the Energy Commission to issue their respective permits.

The Riverside Energy Resource Center is proposed for a 12-acre site next to the city's wastewater treatment plant. The simple-cycle peaking power plant would produce 96 megawatts from two natural gas-fired turbines when the need for the electricity is the greatest. The facility would be cooled by reclaimed water from the treatment plant next door. A zero liquid discharge system would eliminate the need to release any wastewater from the power plant.

More information is available on the Riverside Energy Resource Center on the Energy Commission website at


The Riverside Energy Resource Project Siting Committee will consist of Energy Commissioner Jackalyne Pfannenstiel as Presiding Member and Commissioner John L. Geesman as Associate Member.

The Committee will soon sponsor an Informational Hearing and Site Visit. Members of the public, other agencies and interested parties will have an opportunity to learn more about the project. The Energy Commission will issue a notice to interested parties well in advance of the event.

Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commission's Small Power Plant Exemption process. To find out how to participate, contact the Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at:


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