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For Immediate Release: January 3, 2007
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989

Bullard Energy Center to Undergo Licensing Review


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today has accepted an application from Bullard Energy Center LLC for its proposed 200-megawatt power plant in Fresno. This action starts the Energy Commission's licensing review process.

The Energy Commission voted 4-0 to accept the Bullard Energy Center 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 12-month process that assures that the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act are met.

On November 6, 2006, Bullard Energy LLC submitted an Application for Certification to construct and operate a simple-cycle power plant on a 12.3-acre parcel at 5829 North Golden State Blvd. in northwest Fresno. The generating facility will include two intercooled natural gas-fired combustion turbine generators. The Bullard Energy Center is designed as a peaking facility to produce electricity during periods of high demand. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has a 20-year agreement to buy the electricity generated for its customers.

The project will connect to a PG&E natural gas pipeline approximately 9,500 feet west of the site. A new 230 kilovolt (kV) looping substation will be constructed on-site, tying into the east side of the existing PG&E Herndon-Kearney 230 kV line, which runs from south to north across the southwest corner of the site. This new substation will be on approximately 3 acres located on the southwest portion of the 12.3-acre site. Approximately two miles of the existing 230 kV transmission line will require reconductoring.

If the Energy Commission approves a license for the Bullard Energy Center, construction is expected to start in February 2008. The power plant is expected to begin producing electricity by summer 2009. The total capital cost may reach $170 million.

Throughout the project's 12-month licensing process, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings in Fresno County 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 Bullard Energy Center is available on the Energy Commission's website at:

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

Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 60 power plants, totaling 23,549 MW. Thirty-six licensed power plants are in operation, producing 12,910 MW. Since Governor Schwarzenegger took office, 18 of these power plants, totaling 6,913 MW, have been approved. In addition, 15 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 4,552 MW. More information on Energy Commission power plant projects is available at:
www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/all_projects.html

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