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


Committee Recommends Exemption For Riverside Power Plant

Sacramento - The Committee responsible for the Energy Commission review of the Riverside Energy Resource Center project recommends that a proposed exemption be granted. The Committees Proposed Decision and Mitigated Negative Declaration released today is available on the Energy Commission website at:

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

The Riverside Energy Resource Center is being reviewed under the Energy Commissions Small Power Plant Exemption Process. The Commission may exempt power plant proposals of up to 100 megawatts from the licensing 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 by the full Energy Commission, Riverside Public Utilities will be responsible for obtaining all necessary permits to build and operate the power plant. Local and state agencies would then use the Energy Commissions final environmental document to issue their respective permits.

The Committee will accept comments on the proposed decision at a conference on:

Thursday, December 9, 2004
Beginning at 10 a.m.
California Energy Commission
Hearing Room B
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Written comments from those who are not parties in the case will be accepted until 10 a.m. on December 15, 2004. Comments must be addressed to:

Energy Commission Docket Unit, MS-4
Docket number 04-SPPE-01
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Riverside Energy Resource Center is a proposal from Riverside Public Utilities. The natural gas-fired, 96-megawatt, simple-cycle facility would generate electricity for the City of Riverside during periods of peak demand. Those periods typically occur during heat waves when air conditioning use is at its highest in Southern California.

The power plant is proposed for a 12-acre site adjacent to the Riverside wastewater treatment plant and would be cooled by reclaimed water from the plant. A zero-liquid discharge system would eliminate the need to release any wastewater from the power plant.

The full Energy Commission will consider whether to grant the exemption and adopt the Proposed Decision and Mitigated Negative Declaration at its Business Meeting on:

Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Beginning at 10 a.m.
Hearing Room A
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

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

pao@energy.state.ca.us

Reporter Notes:

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