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

California Energy Commission Begins Review
of Starwood-Midway Power Plant

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today accepted an application from Starwood Power-Midway LLC for its proposed 120-megawatt (MW) Starwood-Midway Power Plant. This action starts the Energy Commission's licensing review process.

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

On November 17, 2006, Starwood Power-Midway LLC submitted an Application for Certification to construct and operate the Starwood-Midway Power Plant on 5.6 acres of land within a 128-acre parcel located about a mile southwest of the intersection of West Panoche Road and South Fairfax Avenue in unincorporated western Fresno County, about 50 miles west of Fresno. The existing parcel is occupied by CalPeak Power and used as an equipment storage yard for the nearby CalPeak Panoche peaking power plant.

The proposed simple-cycle power plant is designed as a peaking facility to provide electricity during periods of high demand. The generating facility will include two combustion turbine generators (CTGs), a CTG Main Step-up transformer (13.8/115 kV), air emissions control equipment, an aqueous ammonia storage tank, a natural gas fuel system, a compressed air system, a wastewater system, a storm water drainage system, and a lined evaporation pond.

Transmission interconnection will require construction of 1,800 feet of four double-circuit 230-kV lines that will connect to Pacific Gas and Electric's (PG&E) existing 230-kV north-south transmission lines located east of the project site. Natural gas will be delivered to the proposed Starwood-Midway plant site from a connection to a PG&E trunk line located immediately north of the proposed power plant site. Electricity generated by this project would meet the requirements of a 15-year power purchase contract with PG&E. The project's total capital cost is an estimated $85 million.

If approved by the Commission, construction of the Starwood-Midway Power Plant is scheduled to begin in June 2008 and would begin generating electricity by May 2009.

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 Starwood-Midway Power Project is available on the Energy Commission's website at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/starwood/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:

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