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For Immediate Release: July 8, 2004
Contact: Chris Davis (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Reports On Review of Riverside Power Plant Proposal

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today released the Draft Initial Study of the city of Riverside Public Utilities proposal to build a peaking power plant. The draft analysis of the Riverside Energy Resource Center project is available on the Energy Commission website at:


The Energy Commission staff concludes that with the implementation of the recommended licensing conditions for most of the necessary technical areas analyzed, the construction and operation of the power plant would not result in any significant impacts to public health and safety or the environment. The staff notes in the draft report that they expect to receive a Historical Survey Report for Cultural Resources, an FAA Determination and a Riverside County Airport Land Use Commission Determination in mid-July to complete work on the Final Initial Study. That study is scheduled for release on July 28, 2004.

The Riverside Energy Resource Center is being reviewed under the Energy Commission's Small Power Plant Exemption process. The Energy Commission may exempt power plant proposals of up to 100 megawatts from the siting process if it determines that the project will not create a substantial adverse impact on the environment, public health or the transmission system. If granted the exemption, Riverside Public Utilities will be responsible for obtaining all necessary permits to build and operate the power plant. Local and state agencies will use the Energy Commission's final environmental document to issue their respective permits.

The Riverside Energy Resource Center is proposed for a 12-acre site next to the city's wastewater treatment plant, about one-half mile north of Riverside airport. The simple-cycle power plant would produce 96 megawatts from two natural gas-fired turbines when demand for electricity is greatest. The facility would be cooled by reclaimed water from the treatment plant next door. A zero-liquid discharge system would eliminate the need to release any wastewater from the power plant.

More information on the project is available at:


The next step in the Energy Commission review process will be a public workshop to discuss the Draft Initial Study on:

Thursday, July 15, 2004
11:30 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m.
Riverside Public Utilities Water Quality Treatment Plant Multi-purpose Room
5950 Acorn Avenue
Riverside, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Written comments on the Draft Initial Study must be submitted by July 28, 2004 to the Energy Commission in care of:

James W. Reede, Jr. Ed.D, Project Manager
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-15
Sacramento, California 95814
E-mail: jreede@energy.state.ca.us

Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commission power plant licensing process. To find out how to get involved, contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at:


Once the Energy Commission staff receives comments from all interested parties on the Draft Initial Study, along with the information still outstanding, the analysis will be finalized and presented to the Committee of two Energy Commissioners overseeing the project review. The Committee will then prepare a proposed decision.


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