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For Immediate Release: May 17, 2004
Contact: Chris Davis   916-654-5301


Riverside Power Plant Proposal Unveiled To Public

Sacramento - Members of the public, interested parties and government agencies have an opportunity to learn more about the proposed Riverside Energy Resource Center at three public events on Wednesday, May 26, 2004.

The City of Riverside Public Utilities filed an application with the California Energy Commission to build and operate a 96-megawatt, simple-cycle, natural gas-fired, peaking power plant. The facility would be located next to the city's wastewater treatment plant and would use reclaimed water for cooling.

The Riverside Energy Resource Center was admitted under the Energy Commission's Small Power Plant Exemption process. Under this process, the Energy Commission may exempt power plant proposals up to 100 megawatts from its usual 12-month licensing procedure if it determines that the project will not create a substantial impact on the environment or transmission system. If the Energy Commission grants the exemption -- a process that typically takes five to six months -- Riverside Public Utilities still has the responsibility to obtain 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 following events are scheduled for May 26:

What: Data Request Workshop
When: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

What: Site Visit
When: Begins at 2 p.m.

What: Public Informational Hearing
When: Begins at 3:00 p.m.

Where: City of Riverside Water Quality Control Plant Headquarters
Multipurpose Room
5950 Acorn Street
Riverside, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

The purpose of the workshop is to address the comments and questions of the public, the Applicant and other interested parties relating to data requests issued by the Energy Commission staff as part of their analysis. The staff will also attempt to identify and work toward resolving any potential issues.

Prior to the Informational Hearing, members of the public are invited to join the Committee of two Commissioners conducting the proceedings on a tour of the Riverside Energy Resource Center project site.

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, will be present at the Informational Hearing to explain the Small Power Plant Exemption process and assist those interested in participating. The Public Adviser can be reached at (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at:

pao@energy.state.ca.us

More information about the project is available on the Energy Commission's website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/riverside

Reporter notes;

Media inquiries should be directed to Chris Davis in the Energy Commission Media and Public Communications office at (916) 654-4989.

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