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For Immediate Release: February 14, 2005
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Committee Recommends Re-licensing
Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility

Sacramento - A report released today by the California Energy Commission recommends that the Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility be recertified. The recommendation is contained in the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision issued by the Committee conducting the Energy Commission review of the Los Esteros Two application.

The Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility is presently operating in north San Jose. The 180-megawatt, simple-cycle, natural gas-fired power plant was originally licensed on July 2, 2002. The plant is owned by Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Calpine. The conditions under which the plant was licensed required the facility to be converted to combined-cycle operation or closed within three years of certification. The Public Resources code was modified during the licensing process to also allow re-licensing the generation station as a simple-cycle power plant.

The Application for Certification now under consideration by the Energy Commission requests the recertification of the existing power plant, to allow it to continue to operate, and seeks permission to convert the simple-cycle plant to combined-cycle operation. The conversion, which would increase efficiency and produce 320 megawatts from the facility, will be addressed in a second proposed decision to be released by the Los Esteros Committee at a later date.

The Presiding Member's Proposed Decision recommending recertification of the Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility is available on the Energy Commission website at:


Comments on the proposed decision will be accepted by the Committee through March 14, 2005. Depending on the comments received, the Committee may elect to issue an errata, a revised proposed decision or present this proposed decision to the full Energy Commission for a Final Decision.

Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commission power plant licensing process. To find out how to participate in this case, contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (916) 654-4489, (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at: pao@energy.state.ca.us

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