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For Immediate Release: May 23, 2007
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989

Rancho Cucamonga power plant to undergo
licensing review


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today accepted an application from San Gabriel Power Generation LLC for its proposed 656-megawatt (MW) San Gabriel Generating Station Project (SGGS). The action starts the Energy Commission's licensing review process.

The Energy Commission voted 4-0 to accept the project as "data adequate," meaning the Commission has enough information to begin the yearlong evaluation of the project. Vice Chair James Boyd, Presiding Member, and Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, 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 April 13, 2007, San Gabriel Power Generation LLC, a subsidiary of Reliant Energy, submitted an Application for Certification to construct and operate the SGGS, a combined-cycle electrical power plant in the city of Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino County. The project site is located at 8996 Etiwanda Avenue on 16.2 acres within the existing 60-acre Etiwanda Generating Station property, about one mile east of Interstate 15 and 1.5 miles north of Interstate 10.

The SGGS is designed to deliver electricity 24 hours a day that would be sold to electric service providers. The proposed facility will incorporate two natural gas-fired combustion turbine generators that will burn natural gas and a steam turbine driven with steam generated by two heat recovery steam generators. The electric generators will connect to a new switchyard and transmit power via a new 1,100-foot, 525-kilovolt transmission line that will connect to the future Southern California Edison Rancho Vista substation. Dry cooling in the form of air-cooled condensers will be used to cool the facility.

If approved by the Energy Commission, project construction is expected to take 22 months and cost from $500 million to $540 million. The SGGS is planned to begin generating electricity by July 2010.

Throughout the project's 12-month licensing process, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings in Rancho Cucamonga regarding the proposal to determine whether it should be approved for construction and operation and under what set of conditions. More information on the SGGS on the Energy Commission website: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/sangabriel/index.html

Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 63 power plants, totaling 23,549 MW. Thirty-eight 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, 14 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 5,741 MW. More information on Energy Commission power plant projects is available at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/all_projects.html.

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