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For Immediate Release: August 14, 2006
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

California Energy Commission to Hold Hearing
and Site Visit for Highgrove Power Plant Project


Sacramento - Interested parties will have the opportunity to learn more about the proposed Highgrove Power Plant Project at an informational hearing and site visit September 19. A committee of the California Energy Commission will conduct the public hearing and site visit as the first step in the formal licensing process that allows members of the community and governmental agencies to have an opportunity to hear information and offer comments on the proposal.

The applicant AES Highgrove LLC will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. The Energy Commission staff will explain the regulatory review process and staff membersŐ role as independent experts in analyzing the project. The applicant and Commission staff will also discuss possible significant issues during the remainder of the proceeding.

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Site visit begins at 2:30 p.m.
Public informational hearing begins at 4 p.m.
Location: Norton E. Younglove Community Center
459 Center Street
Highgrove, CA 92507

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.

AES Highgrove LLC will provide transportation to the site and return. For reservations, please contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser at (916) 654-4489 or, 1-800-822-6228 or, e-mail at: [pao@energy.state.ca.us]. Please make your reservation prior to September 15 so that we can assure you a space.

More information about the project is available at the Energy Commission website at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/highgrove/index.html

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