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For Immediate Release: September 20, 2006
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989

California Energy Commission Releases Presiding Member's
Proposed Decision for Niland Gas Turbine Plant

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today released the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD), Mitigated Negative Declaration, and Final Initial Study for the proposed Niland Gas Turbine Plant.

The Energy Commission Committee assigned to the Niland project - comprising Commission Vice Chair James Boyd, Presiding Member, and Commissioner Jeffrey Byron, Associate Member - recommends granting a Small Power Plant Exemption to the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) for its proposed 93-megawatt (MW) simple-cycle power plant in Niland. The Committee's approval includes the following condition to mitigate potential environmental and community impacts:

  • To lessen noise from the plant, especially at night, the project will meet Imperial County's General Plan noise limit by on-site mitigation that reduces noise to no more than 45 decibels (dBA).

The IID proposes to build and operate the power facility on a 22-acre site northeast of Niland. The project would supply the internal power generation needs of the IID service territory during periods of peak electrical demand. Construction of the power plant, to be completed in May 2008, is estimated at a cost of $69.4 million.

The full Commission will consider the PMPD, Mitigated Negative Declaration, and Final Initial Study at its regularly scheduled business meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, in the Energy Commission's Hearing Room A. Because the project is less than 100 MW, it can qualify for the Commission's less complex Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) process instead of the full certification process. If the Commission issues an SPPE, the Imperial Irrigation District, which owns the power plant, would obtain local permits for the project based upon the environmental and engineering analyses in the Final Initial Study.

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