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For Immediate Release: November 15, 2004
Contact: Chris Davis   916-654-4989

Energy Commission Releases Los Esteros
Critical Energy Facility Final Staff Assessment

Sacramento - The Final Staff Assessment released today recommends that the Energy Commission recertify the Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility. The Energy Commission staff believes that recommended mitigation measures would reduce potential environmental impacts of the project to less than significant and allow the project to comply with all laws, ordinances, regulations and standards.

The Final Staff Assessment is not the final decision on the Los Esteros Two application. Following Evidentiary Hearings, the Committee of two Commissioners conducting the review process will write a proposed decision. The proposed decision will then be presented to the full Energy Commission for a final decision.

The Committee will hold a public conference to discuss the readiness of all parties for Evidentiary Hearings on Monday, November 22, 2004 in the Energy Commissions Hearing Room A. Anyone interested in providing comments at the conference or participating in this case can contact the Energy Commissions Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at:


The Final Staff Assessment of the application to re-license the Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility is available on the Energy Commission website at:


The Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility was first licensed on July 2, 2002 under an emergency permitting process that required the conversion or closure of the power plant within three years. Senate Bill 28X later modified the Public Resources Code to allow the option of recertifying the facility as a simple-cycle facility.

Los Esteros is a 180-megawatt, simple-cycle, natural gas-fired generation station located in North San Jose across Zanker Road from the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control facility. The power plants owner, Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility, LLC, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Calpine. Calpine is also requesting an Energy Commission license to convert the facility into a combined-cycle power plant capable of producing 320 megawatts. That request will be analyzed separately.

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