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March 11, 2005 Phone: 916-654-4989

Roseville Power Plant Proposal
Recommended For Approval

Sacramento - The Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released today recommends that the California Energy Commission approve the 160-megawatt Roseville Energy Park Project.

The Licensing Committee, comprised of Commissioner John L. Geesman and Commissioner Arthur H. Rosenfeld, is designated to conduct the Energy Commission review of the Application For Certification. The Committee's proposed decision finds that the project would comply with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and standards if specified conditions are implemented. Those conditions are required to protect public health and safety, the environment and energy resources.

The Presiding Member's Proposed Decision for the Roseville Energy Park Project is available on the Energy Commission website at:


The project, as designed, is a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant with the ability to produce as much as 160 megawatts during summertime periods of peak demand for electricity. The site for the facility is adjacent to the Pleasant Grove Waste Water Treatment Plant, west of downtown Roseville.

The City of Roseville's electricity provider, Roseville Electric, intends for the power plant to replace a large percentage of its outside power purchases, which they indicate will help to keep rates stable and improve voltage reliability. Roseville Electric expects to begin construction on the $100 million to $130 million project once a license is granted by the Energy Commission. Construction is expected to take about 15 months and the power plant is projected to begin commercial operation in late 2007.

The Committee will hold a public conference to accept comments on the proposed decision on April 7, 2005. Written comments will also be accepted through April 11, 2005. The project is then tentatively scheduled to go before the full Energy Commission for a final decision on April 13, 2005. If the Committee decides that, based on the comments received, it is necessary to issue a revised proposed decision, the vote could be postponed.

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


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