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For Immediate Release: May 19, 2004
Contact: Chris Davis   916-654-5301


Fresno County Power Plant One Step Closer To Construction

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission adopted a Small Power Plant Exemption Decision today for the Kings River Conservation District Peaking Plant proposal. The Commissioners' 5-0 vote marks the final step in the Energy Commission review of the 97-megawatt Fresno County project.

The Energy Commission is allowed to exempt projects of up to 100 megawatts from its standard power plant licensing process if it finds no substantial adverse impacts on the environment, public health or energy resources will result from the construction or operation of the proposed facility. The Kings River District will still be responsible for obtaining local permits

With today's approval of the Mitigated Negative Declaration, the Commission found that the Kings River Conservation District Peaking Plant would comply with the California Environmental Quality Act. The Energy Commission document can now be used by the appropriate agencies to issue the permits to construct and operate the power plant.

The Kings River Conservation District Peaking Plant would be a natural gas-fired, simple-cycle facility, with two turbines producing 97 megawatts. The turbines were received by the district as part of a settlement between the California Department of Water Resources and the Williams Energy Marketing and Trading Company. Williams agreed to supply the turbines to settle charges that grew out of the 2001 energy crisis in California.

The site for the $40 million facility is south of Fresno, near the community of Malaga, in Fresno County. The Kings River District intends to begin construction in September 2004 and begin commercial operation of the power plant in April 2005.

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

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/kingsriver

The California Energy Commission has now licensed 48 power plants since deregulation occurred in 1996, totaling 18,921 megawatts. Twenty four of those plants are in operation, producing 8,311 megawatts. In addition, eight projects are active the Energy Commission review process, representing 4,011 megawatts.

More information on Energy Commission power plant projects is available at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/all_projects.html

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