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For Immediate Release: October 3, 2006
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989

California Energy Commission Approves License for San
Francisco Energy Reliability Project


SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today approved a license for the 145-megawatt (MW) San Francisco Electric Reliability Project (SFERP).

The Commission voted 5-0 to accept the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision, which recommended the license be granted for a simple-cycle peaking power plant that will operate on a 4-acre parcel in San Francisco's southeastern Potrero District. The Licensing Committee - composed of Commission Vice Chair James Boyd, Presiding Member, and Commissioner John Geesman, Associate Member - reviewed and recommended approval for the SFERP Application for Certification.

The city and county of San Francisco intends to operate the facility up to 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, but not more than 12,000 hours per year for all three combustion turbines combined. The project will include construction of a new 115-kilovolt (kV) switchyard on the site's north side. Construction of the SFERP, from site preparation and grading to commercial operation, is expected to take about a year. The plant may begin generating electricity in late 2007.

During the peak construction period, the project will provide up to 264 construction jobs with an average of 161 workers present per month. About 11 workers will maintain and operate the project. City officials estimate the project's capital costs around $140 million.

Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 55 power plants, totaling 23,051 MW. Thirty-six licensed power plants are in operation, producing 12,910 MW. Since Governor Schwarzenegger took office, 12 of these power plants, totaling 6,270 MW, have been approved. In addition, 14 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 4,642 MW. More information on Energy Commission power plant projects is available at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/all_projects.html

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