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For Immediate Release: June 16, 2004
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Licenses Large Central California Power Plant

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today licensed the 1,120 megawatt Tesla Power Project. The facility is the fifth power plant to be permitted by the Commission in 2004. The project, approved on a four to zero vote, is proposed by Midway Power, LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida Power & Light.

Each megawatt is enough power on average for approximately 1,000 homes, so the Tesla Power Project could provide enough electricity to serve more than one million Central California families.

The $600 million to $700 million, natural gas-fired power project is planned for a site in Eastern Alameda County, not far from the San Joaquin County line. Construction is expected to take 23 months.

As permitted, the power plant will use reclaimed water from the city of Tracy's Wastewater Treatment Plant for cooling, rather than water from the California Aqueduct as the Applicant originally proposed. If the Tesla Power Project and the city of Tracy are unable to come to an agreement on the reclaimed water supply, the applicant must file an amendment with the Energy Commission that includes other cooling options. Today's Final Decision specifies dry cooling as a suggested alternative, to preserve fresh water for other uses.

More information about the Tesla Power Project is available on the California Energy Commission website at:


Since deregulation occurred in 1996, the California Energy Commission has licensed 49 power plants totaling 20,140 megawatts. Twenty four of those plants are in operation, producing 8,311 megawatts. In addition, seven projects, representing 2,891 megawatts, remain active in the Energy Commission review process.

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