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For Immediate Release: July 13, 2005
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Begins Review of Plant Proposed to Boost Southern California Power Supply


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today began the formal review of Calpines Application For Certification for the Pastoria Energy Facility Expansion Project. The Commission voted to accept the application as data adequate and assigned a Committee of two Commissioners to conduct the application review process.

The Commissioners four to zero vote to accept the project as data adequate means the Energy Commission staff now has enough information to begin evaluating the impacts of the proposal. The staff analysis is intended to ensure the project results in a safe and reliable power plant with no unmitigated, adverse impacts to public health, the environment, or the transmission system.

The Pastoria Energy Facility Expansion Project, as proposed, would be built on the grounds of the 750-megawatt Pastoria Energy Facility which began commercial operation in two phases earlier this year. The existing facility is owned by Calpine and is located 30 miles south of Bakersfield near the Grapevine in southern Kern County. The Expansion Project consists of a simple-cycle, natural gas-fired power plant that could produce 160-megawatts when the summertime demand for power in Southern California is at its highest. The Expansion Project would use many of the same components as the existing Pastoria Energy Facility, including the natural gas and water supply, zero-liquid discharge system, and interconnection to the transmission system at the Pastoria Substation. Calpine expects the Pastoria Expansion Project to begin commercial operation in June 2007.

More information on the Pastoria Energy Facility Expansion Project is available on the Energy Commission website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/pastoria2/index.html

The Committee named today to see the proposal through the Energy Commission review process is made up of Chairman Joseph Desmond as Presiding Member and Commissioner James D. Boyd as Associate Member.

The Committee will hold an informational hearing and site visit in August or September. A notice will be issued in advance of the event so that members of the public, as well as officials from other state, local and federal agencies, will have the opportunity to learn more about the project and make comments on it.

Public involvement is an important part of the Energy Commission power plant licensing process. To find out how to get involved, contact the Energy Commissions Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (800) 922-8228 or by e-mail at:

pao@energy.state.ca.us

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