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For Immediate Release: June 14, 2004
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Proposed Decision Again Recommends Approving Morro Bay Power Project


Sacramento - The newly-revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision for the Morro Bay Power Plant Project is available from the California Energy Commission.

Like the previous proposed decisions, the revised document recommends that the full Energy Commission approve the Morro Bay Power Plant Project.

The difference in the new proposed decision is that it does not discuss the California Coastal Commission's role in power plant siting cases, but does incorporate most of their recommendations as Conditions of Certification for the Morro Bay Power Plant Project. The newly-revised proposed decision also makes override findings because the Coastal Commission continues to assert that the project does not comply with portions of the Coastal Act or the city of Morro Bay's Local Coastal Program.

What: Third Revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision for the Morro Bay Power Plant Project

Where: Available from the California Energy Commission at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/morrobay/documents/

When: The full Energy Commission will consider adopting the newly-revised proposed decision at its June 30, 2004 Business Meeting.

Written comments must be submitted before June 30, 2004. Comments must be addressed to:

Docket Unit
Docket Number 00-AFC-12
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-4
Sacramento, California 95814

Those who wish further information about how to provide comments should contact the Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (916) 654-4489, (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at: pao@energy.state.ca.us

Duke Energy Morro Bay LLC is requesting a license to replace the existing Morro Bay Power Plant with a modern, combined-cycle facility just north of the current power plant. The project would result in an increase of approximately 20% in generating capacity from 1,002 to 1,200 megawatts. The new, more-efficient facility would use approximately 30% less natural gas to produce each megawatt. The existing power plant would be torn down after the new project is built.

Reporter notes:

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