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For Immediate Release: July 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 San Gabriel Generating Station

Sacramento - Community members interested in the proposed San Gabriel Generating Station (SGGS) in Rancho Cucamonga may tour the site and attend an informational hearing July 6.

A committee of California Energy Commission members - Vice Chair James Boyd, presiding member, and Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, associate member - will conduct the site visit and informational hearing regarding the proposed 656-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle power plant. The public hearing and site visit are the first steps in the formal licensing process that allows members of the public and governmental agencies to hear information and offer comments on the proposal.

The applicant, San Gabriel Power Generation, LLC, a subsidiary of Reliant Energy, will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the regulatory review process and the Energy Commission's role in evaluating the project.

Friday, July 6, 2007
Site visit begins (bus leaves) at 3 p.m.
Public Informational Hearing begins at 4 p.m.
Victoria Gardens Cultural Center
Celebration Hall
12505 Cultural Center Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739 (Wheelchair accessible)

San Gabriel Power Generation, LLC, submitted its Application for Certification April 13, 2007, to construct and operate the SGGS on a 17-acre industrial site in Rancho Cucamonga. The facility will be located on the existing Etiwanda Generating Station (EGS) property owned by Reliant Energy, located at 8996 Etiwanda Avenue.

The Energy Commission has exclusive jurisdiction to license this project and is considering the proposal under a 12-month review process. 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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