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For Immediate Release: November 24, 2004
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Proposed Decision Recommends Energy Commission
License El Segundo Redevelopment Project


Sacramento - The plan to replace old, unused generating units at the El Segundo Power Plant with modern, state-of-the-art facilities should be approved. That is the recommendation in the Presiding Members Proposed Decision released by the Committee responsible for the California Energy Commission review of the project application.

El Segundo II, LLC, proposes to build a combined-cycle, natural gas-fired, 630-megawatt power plant using the best available control technology to reduce emissions. The project would use existing infrastructure on the site of the El Segundo Power Plant with a number of added features to improve its outside appearance as well as the recreational value of the nearby bike path.

The Proposed Decision for the El Segundo Redevelopment Project is available on the Energy Commission website at:

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

The newly revised Proposed Decision continues to recommend that the power plant use seawater for cooling. New among the proposed Conditions of Certification is a requirement for the project owner to provide $5 million to the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission to study the biological dynamics of the Bay and improve habitat for its species.

Another proposed Condition requires entrainment, which occurs when marine organisms are drawn in by the cooling water intake, to be reduced by 60%. The project owner must also conduct a study to determine whether an aquatic filter barrier could eliminate the entrainment of marine organisms. If so, a filter barrier must be installed.

The Committee will accept written comments on the Revised Presiding Members Proposed Decision that are received by December 23, 2004. Comments must be addressed to:

Garret Shean
El Segundo Power Redevelopment Project
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-9
Sacramento, California 95814

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

pao@energy.state.ca.us

The Revised Presiding Members Proposed Decision is not the final decision on the El Segundo Redevelopment Project. The full Energy Commission is scheduled to consider licensing the project at a special Business Meeting on December 23, 2004.

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