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For Immediate Release: June 1, 2006
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield - 916-654-4989

Six new power plants help meet California's energy needs


Sacramento - This year six new power plants totaling over 2,000 megawatts (MW) will help California meet its summer electricity demand, the California Energy Commission announced today.

Riverside Public Utilities starts commercial operations today with its 96 MW Riverside Energy Resource Center. The plant, located on 16 acres near the city's Water Quality Control Plant, consists of two 48-MW simple-cycle combustion turbines and generator. The natural gas-fired will operate only in times of peak demand.

The 95-MW natural gas-fired Modesto Irrigation District Electric Generation Station begins commercial operations as a peaker facility on June 15 in Ripon. Part of the proposed project includes the construction of approximately 1/4-mile of new 69-kilovolt sub-transmission, approximately 1/4-mile of new eight-inch natural gas supply line, and water supply and wastewater tap lines into the existing city of Ripon lines located on South Stockton Avenue.

Four other power plants have been on-line since January 2006.

  • The Walnut Energy Center, a natural gas-fired, base-load plant, generating 250 megawatts (MW), began commercial operations on January 31. The plant, situated on an 18-acre site within the city of Turlock, will meet the growing energy demands of the Turlock Irrigation District as well as customers within more than 200 square miles of service territory the district proposes to acquire from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
  • The second unit of the Mountainview Power Plant Project in Redlands began producing 528 MW on January 19. The first unit of the plant began operating December 10. The entire project generates 1,056 MW.
  • The first 500-MW phase of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District's (SMUD) Cosumnes Power Plant went online February 28. The natural gas-fired project, when complete, will generate 1,000 MW.
  • The Palomar Energy Power Plant began generating 548-MW in April. San Diego Gas and Electric Co. owns the plant, which provides enough electricity for about 548,000 customers in San Diego and southern Orange counties.

The Energy Commission's Summer 2006 Electricity Supply and Demand Outlook forecasts adequate electricity under average temperature conditions to meet this summer's electricity needs. For more information on the 2006 Summer Outlook go to http://www.energy.ca.gov/2006_summer_outlook/index.html

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