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

Pastoria Energy Facility Expansion Wins Approval
from California Energy Commission


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today approved a license for the 160-megawatt (MW) expansion of the existing Pastoria Energy Facility near Bakersfield.

The Commission voted 5-0 to accept the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision, which recommended granting a license for the expansion project. The Pastoria Energy Facility Expansion will add one simple-cycle, natural gas-fired combustion turbine generator to the original three-unit, combined-cycle facility, currently licensed to produce 750 MW, bringing the total facility generation capacity to 910 MW. The power plant expansion, which will produce electricity during "peak use" times for the Southern California market, will be built on a 30-acre site on the Tejon Ranch 30 miles south of Bakersfield in Lebec. The expansion will cost between $100 million and $200 million to construct.

An existing transmission line will convey electricity produced from the expansion project to the new Lebec Substation to Southern California Edison's (SCE's) Pastoria Substation. The expansion project is planned for operation in 2011. The PMPD states the project would be required to implement necessary upgrades to the transmission system if the anticipated upgrades planned for SCE projects higher in the queue are not completed before that date. The project owner is also required to provide an updated air emissions offset package prior to start up.

Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 56 power plants, totaling 23,210 MW. Thirty-six licensed power plants are in operation, producing 12,910 MW. Since Governor Schwarzenegger took office, 13 of these power plants, totaling 6,430 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:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/all_projects.html

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