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For Immediate Release: July 19, 2006
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989

California Energy Commission to begin review of
Highgrove Power Plant Project


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today accepted as "complete" an application from AES Highgrove, LLC, for its proposed 300-megawatt (MW) the Highgrove Power Plant Project, starting the licensing review process. The Energy Commission voted 4-0 to accept the project as "data adequate," meaning the Commission has enough information to begin evaluating the project. Commissioner Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, presiding member, and Commissioner Jeffrey Byron, associate member, will comprise the committee overseeing the project evaluation.

AES Highgrove proposes to build the Highgrove Power Plant on a 10.1-acre parcel at 12700 Taylor Street in the city of Grand Terrace, San Bernardino County. A power plant formerly owned by Southern California Edison (SCE) sits on the site. AES Highgrove plans to demolish the existing plant and build the new Highgrove Power Plant on property once used by SCE for fuel oil storage.

The proposed generating facility would consist of three 100-MW, natural gas-fired turbine generators and associated equipment. The Highgrove Power Plant Project is designed as a peaking facility to meet electric generation load during high demand periods. The project is expected to have an annual capacity factor ranging from 15 to 30 percent. The expected project capital costs range between $180 million and $220 million. If licensed by the Energy Commission, AES Highgrove expects to start construction in the second quarter of 2007 and begin producing electricity in the third quarter of 2008.

Throughout the project's 12-month licensing process, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings on the proposal to determine whether it should be approved for construction and operation and under what set of permit conditions.

Since deregulation occurred in 1996, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 54 power plants, totaling 22,904 MW. Thirty-six licensed power plants are in operation, producing 12,908 MW. Since Governor Schwarzenegger took office, 12 of these power plants, totaling 6,268 MW, have been approved. In addition, 11 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 4,116 MW. More information on Energy Commission power plant projects is available at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/all_projects.html

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