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

California Energy Commission to begin
review of Vernon Power Plant

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission has accepted as "complete" the city of Vernon's application for its proposed 943-megawatt (MW) Vernon Power Plant, starting the licensing review process. The Energy Commission voted 3-0 Thursday to accept the project as "data adequate," meaning the Commission has enough information to begin the yearlong evaluation process. Commission Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, presiding member, and Commissioner James Boyd, associate member, will comprise the committee overseeing the process that assures the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is met.

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

The Vernon Power Plant (VPP) is a proposed combined-cycle generating facility that would use three natural gas-fired combustion turbines and one steam turbine. The project also consists of a 230-kilovolt (kV) switchyard and a 230-kV transmission line to connect the plant to Southern California Edison's Laguna Bell substation.

The VPP will be located on land at the southeast corner of Fruitland and Boyle Avenues in Vernon, immediately south of the city of Los Angeles. The city of Vernon has executed a purchase agreement for the 27-acre industrial area parcel. The project site will consist of approximately 13.7 acres of the subdivided 27-acre parcel. The remaining 13.3 acres will be available during construction for parking and equipment. Once construction is completed, the 13.3 acre property will be available for the city's future use. Initial capital cost is estimated between $450 million and $475 million. If the project is approved according to the city's schedule, construction would begin in late 2007, and the plant would begin generating electricity in late 2009.

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:


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