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For Immediate Release: February 2, 2007
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989

California Energy Commission to Hold Informational Hearing
and Site Visit for Starwood-Midway Power Plant

Sacramento - Interested parties will be able to learn more about the proposed 120-megawatt (MW) Starwood-Midway Energy Project in western Fresno County at an informational hearing February 7.

The Starwood-Midway Energy Project Committee — Commissioner 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, Starwood Power-Midway, 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 begins (bus leaves) at 10 a.m.
Public informational hearing begins at 11:30 a.m
     Location:
Mendota Community Center
195 Smoot Avenue
Mendota, CA 93640

On January 3, 2007, the Energy Commission voted to accept the Starwood-Midway Energy Center application as "data adequate," meaning the Commission has enough information to begin the 12-month project evaluation process. Starwood Power-Midway, LLC, had submitted an Application for Certification on November 17, 2006, to construct and operate the power plant on 5.6 acres within a 128-acre parcel approximately a mile southwest of the intersection of West Panoche Road and South Fairfax Avenue.

The proposed simple-cycle generating facility comprises two combustion turbine generators and associated equipment. The project is designed as a peaking facility to meet electric generation load during periods of high demand. A new 300-foot, 115-kilovolt (kV) short line will be constructed and will tie into the CalPeak Panoche/Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) interconnection line that leads to the 115-kV switchyard at the PG&E Substation. 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 the power plant would begin generating electricity by May 2009.

The applicant will provide transportation from the Mendota Community Center to the project site and back. For reservations, please contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser by Monday, 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/starwood/ where interested parties can sign up for 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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