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For Immediate Release: February 2, 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 Bullard Energy Center


Sacramento - Interested parties will be able to learn more about the proposed 200-megawatt (MW) Bullard Energy Center (BEC) in Fresno at an informational hearing February 7.

The Bullard Energy Center Committee — Commissioner John Geesman, Presiding Member, and Commissioner Jeffrey Byron, 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, Bullard 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 the Energy Commission's role in evaluating the project.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Site visit (bus leaves) at 4 p.m.
Public informational hearing begins at 5 p.m.
   Location:
Rio Vista Middle School Auditorium
6240 West Palo Alto Avenue
Fresno, CA 93722

On January 3, 2007, the Energy Commission voted to accept the Bullard Energy Center application as "data adequate," meaning the Commission has enough information to begin the 12-month project evaluation process. Bullard Energy Center, LLC, had submitted an Application for Certification on November 6, 2006, to construct and operate the power plant on a 12.3-acre industrial site at 5829 North Golden State Boulevard in Fresno.

The proposed simple-cycle BEC comprises two natural gas-fired combustion turbine generators and associated equipment. The project is designed as a peaking facility to meet electric generation load during periods of high demand. 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 approved by the Commission, construction of the BEC is scheduled to begin in February 2008. The cost of construction is estimated at $140 million. The proposed facility would begin generating electricity by the summer 2009.

The applicant will provide transportation from Rio Vista Middle School to the project site and back. For reservations, please contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser by February 5 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/bullard/, where interested parties can sign up on an e-mail list server to receive notice of case-related documents and information.

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, 12 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 4,522 MW. More information on Energy Commission power plant projects is available at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/all_projects.html.

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