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For Immediate Release: November 8, 2006
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989

California Energy Commission begins review of
Eastshore Energy Center


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today has accepted as "complete" an application from Tierra Energy for its proposed 115.5-megawatt (MW) Eastshore Energy Center power plant. This action starts the California Environmental Quality Act licensing review process.

The Energy Commission voted 4-0 Wednesday to accept the project as "data adequate," meaning the Commission has enough information to begin the yearlong evaluation of the project. Commissioner Jeffrey Byron, presiding member, and Commissioner John Geesman, associate member, will make up the committee overseeing the process that assures the California Environmental Quality Act is met.

On September 22, Eastshore Energy LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tierra Energy, submitted an Application for Certification to construct and operate a simple-cycle power plant in the city of Hayward in Alameda County. The Eastshore project is designed as a peaking facility to meet electric generation load during periods of high demand.

The proposed 6.22-acre Eastshore site is located at 25101 Clawiter Road in Hayward, Alameda County, in an area zoned for industrial uses. The proposed simple-cycle power plant would consist of 14 natural gas-fired reciprocating engine generators and associated equipment. The power plant would use approximately 1.6 acre-feet of potable water per year for engine cooling and other power plant processes, site landscape irrigation, and potable and sanitary uses. The city of Hayward would supply potable water for the project through an existing connection immediately adjacent to the project site under a contract with the city of San Francisco's Public Utilities Department. The capital cost to build the plant would be about $140 million.

Assuming the Eastshore facility receives a license from the Energy Commission by December 2007, construction of the project would start in early spring 2008 and continue for about 18 months. Plant testing and commercial operation are scheduled to begin during the latter months of 2008. The plant is expected to generate electricity for its customers by May 2009.

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. More information on the Eastshore Energy Center is available on the Energy Commission's website at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/eastshore/index.html

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