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For Immediate Release: November 30, 2004
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Staff Recommends Energy Commission Approve
Roseville Energy Park


Sacramento - The Final Staff Assessment released today recommends that the California Energy Commission license the 160-megawatt Roseville Energy Park project. With the mitigation proposed, the Energy Commission staff believes that any impacts to the environment and to public health and safety have been addressed.

Installing plume abatement technology in the plants cooling towers is among the Conditions of Certification recommended by the staff. Plume abatement would significantly reduce, if not eliminate, the facility's potential to cause ground fog at times during the winter which could impact traffic on nearby roads.

The Final Staff Assessment of the Roseville Energy Park project is available on the Energy Commissions website at:

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

The Roseville Energy Park is a proposal of the City of Roseville's electricity provider, Roseville Electric. The project includes a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant that would produce up to 160 megawatts of electricity during periods of peak summertime demand. The 40-acre project site is just north of the Pleasant Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant. Roseville Electric hopes to have the power plant operating in the summer of 2006.

The Final Staff Assessment is not the final decision on the Roseville Energy Park application. The document serves as the staffs testimony at Evidentiary Hearings to be held by the Committee of two Energy Commissioners conducting the review process. Following the Evidentiary Hearings, the Committee will write a proposed decision. The proposed decision will then be presented to the full Energy Commission for a final decision.

Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commissions power plant licensing process. To find out how to get involved and make comments on this case, contact the Energy Commissions Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (916) 654-4489, at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at:

pao@energy.state.ca.us

Reporter Notes:

Please address media inquiries to Chris Davis in the Energy Commission Media & Public Communications office at (916) 654-4989.

The Energy Commission is continuously updating the media database we use to send news releases and news advisories. Members of the media who wish to be added to the database, have their contact information updated, or deleted, should send an e-mail to:

mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us

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