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For Immediate Release: December 7, 2006
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989
Phone: 916-654-4989

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M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

California Energy Commission to Hold Hearing and
Site Visit for Panoche Energy Center

Sacramento - Interested parties will have the opportunity to learn more about the proposed Panoche Energy Center at an informational hearing and site visit December 12. The Panoche Energy Center Committee - Commissioner Jeffrey Byron, Presiding Member, and Vice Chair James Boyd, Associate Member - will conduct the public hearing and site visit as the first step in the formal licensing process that allows members of the community and governmental agencies to have an opportunity to hear information and offer comments on the proposal.

The applicant, Panoche Energy Center LLC, will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. The Energy Commission staff will explain the regulatory review process and staff members' role as independent experts in analyzing the project. The applicant and Commission staff will also discuss possible significant issues during the remainder of the proceeding.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Site visit begins at 3:30 p.m.
Public informational hearing begins at 4:45 p.m.

Mendota Community Center
195 Smoot Avenue
Mendota, California 93640
(Wheelchair accessible)

The Panoche Energy Center is a nominal 400-megawatt (MW) peaking power plant, proposed to be constructed on a site about 12 miles southwest of the city of Mendota, 2 miles east of Interstate 5 and next to the existing Pacific Gas & Electric Panoche Substation in unincorporated Fresno County. The project will permanently occupy 12.8 acres of a 128-acre parcel and temporarily occupy an additional 8 acres for construction equipment.

The Panoche Energy Center consists of four General Electric LMS100 simple cycle natural-gas-fired turbines and associated equipment such as emission control systems necessary to meet the applicant's proposed emission limits. The project will connect to the existing PG&E Panoche Substation via a 300-foot 230-kilovolt transmission line. Natural gas to fuel the turbines will come from a 2,400-foot lateral pipeline connecting to a PG&E high-pressure gas trunk line located east of the electrical substation. The project's total cost is expected to be more than $300 million.

The Applicant will provide transportation to and from the site. For reservations, please contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser no later than December 8 at (916) 654-4489 or, 1-800-822-6228 or, e-mail at: pao@energy.state.ca.us. More information about the project is available on the Energy Commission's website at:


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