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For Immediate Release: May 13, 2004
Contact: Chris Davis   916-654-4989

Committee Recommends Tesla Power Project Approval

Sacramento - The Revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision for the Tesla Power Project was released today by the California Energy Commission. The Committee designated to conduct the Energy Commission review of the proposal recommends that the project be approved with specific water and air quality conditions.

A new requirement in the revised proposed decision directs the applicant to use reclaimed water from the city of Tracy's Waste Water Treatment Plant to cool the Tesla Power Project. The applicant had proposed using fresh water from the California Aqueduct. If for any reason the Tesla Power Project and city of Tracy are unable to come to an agreement on the reclaimed water supply, the applicant must file a proposed amendment with the Energy Commission that includes other cooling options. The revised proposed decision offers as guidance that dry cooling should be considered before using fresh water, to preserve the latter for other uses.

Other conditions require the applicant to mitigate air quality impacts from the power plant in the nearby San Joaquin Valley and city of Tracy.

The Revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision is available on the Energy Commission website at:


Midway Power, LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida Power & Light Group/FPL Energy, is proposing to build and operate the Tesla Power Project. The facility would use four natural gas-fired turbines, in combined-cycle operation with four heat recovery steam generators, and two steam turbines to produce 1,120 megawatts. Construction on the $600 million to $700 million project is expected to take 23 months.

The Revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision is not the final decision for the Tesla Power Project. The full Energy Commission must vote whether to approve and adopt it. That vote is scheduled to take place at the Commission's June 16, 2004 Business Meeting.

Written comments on the proposed decision will be accepted through 5 p.m., Monday, June 14, 2004. Comments must be sent to:

Tesla Power Project
Docket # 01-AFC-21
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-9
Sacramento, California 95814

Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commission's power plant licensing process. For information on how to submit comments, contact the Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at:


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