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

California Energy Commission begins review of
Humboldt Bay Repowering Project


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today has accepted as "complete" an application from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for its proposed 163-megawatt Humboldt Bay Repowering Project (HBRP). This action starts the Energy Commission's licensing review process.

The Energy Commission voted 3-0 to accept the project as "data adequate," meaning the Commission has enough information to begin the yearlong evaluation of the project. Commissioner John Geesman, presiding member, and Commissioner Jeffrey Byron, associate member, will make up the committee overseeing the process that assures the California Environmental Quality Act is met.

On September 29, PG&E submitted an Application for Certification to construct and operate the HBRP in the city of Eureka in Humboldt County. The proposed power plant site would be located at 1000 King Salmon Avenue on 5.4 acres within a 143-acre parcel currently occupied by the existing PG&E Humboldt Bay Power Plant. The HBRP will be a load-following power plant consisting of 10 natural gas-fired reciprocating engine-generator sets and associated equipment. The HBRP will also be capable of running on California Air Resources Board (CARB)-certified diesel fuel to ensure local area reliability during instances of natural gas curtailment in the region. The project will replace the existing 105-MW Units 1 and 2 and the two 15-MW Mobile Emergency Power Plants at PG&E's Humboldt Bay Power Plant site.

Assuming the HBRP receives a license from the Energy Commission by November 2007, construction of the project would start in early spring 2008. Pre-operational testing of the power plant would begin in summer of 2009, and the power plant is expected to generate electricity for its customers by fall of 2009. The project's initial capital cost is an estimated $250 million.

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 Humboldt Bay Repowering Project is available on the Energy Commission's website at:

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

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