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For Immediate Release: January 24, 2007
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

California Energy Commission to Hold Informational
Hearing and Site Visit for Eastshore Energy Center


Sacramento - Interested parties will be able to learn more about the proposed 115-megawatt (MW) Eastshore Energy Center (EEC) in Hayward at an informational hearing January 29.

The Eastshore Energy Center Committee - Commission Jeffrey Byron, Presiding Member, and Commissioner John Geesman, Associate Member - will conduct a public hearing and site visit as the first step in the formal licensing process that allows community members and governmental agencies to hear information and offer comments on the proposal. The applicant, Tierra Energy, will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. The Energy Commission staff will explain the regulatory review process and the Energy Commission's role in evaluating the project.

Date/Time:
Monday, January 29, 2007
Site visit begins (bus leaves) at 3 p.m.
Public informational hearing begins at 6 p.m.
   Location:
Chabot College Campus
Business Lecture Hall, Building 600 (Park in Lot A)
25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, CA 94545
(Wheelchair accessible)

On November 8, 2006, the Energy Commission voted to accept the Eastshore Energy Center application as "data adequate," meaning the Commission has enough information to begin the 12-month project evaluation process. Tierra Energy had submitted an Application for Certification on September 22, 2006, to construct and operate the power plant on a 6-acre industrial site at 25101 Clawiter Road in Hayward.

The proposed simple-cycle EEC comprises 14 natural gas-fired reciprocating engine generators and associated equipment. The project is designed as a peaking facility to meet electric generation load during periods of high demand. The power plant would be connected to Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) electrical system at the existing Eastshore Substation located about 1.1 miles south of the project site. This connection would require a new single circuit overhead 115-kilovolt (kV) line that would run contiguously in an existing PG&E 12kV distribution corridor. The connection may also require widening the existing right-of-way and replacing 10 to 12 transmission poles with structures designed to accommodate both the 12kV and 115kV transmission lines.

If approved by the Commission, construction of the EEC is scheduled to occur over 18 months starting in early 2008. The cost of construction is estimated at $140 million. The proposed facility would begin generating electricity by the fall of 2009.

The applicant will provide transportation from Chabot College's Parking Lot A to the project site and back. For reservations, please contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser 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: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/eastshore where interested parties can sign up for an e-mail list server to receive notice of case-related documents and information.

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