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For Immediate Release: August 23, 2007
Media Contact: Claudia Chnadler - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y - Site Visit and Informational Hearing for Chevron Richmond Power Plant Replacement Project

Sacramento - Community members interested in learning more about the proposed Chevron Richmond Power Plant Replacement Project may attend an informational hearing and site visit Aug. 30. The project's committee - Commissioner Jeffrey Byron, presiding member, and Commissioner Arthur Rosenfeld, associate member - will conduct the public hearing and site visit as the first step in the project's review process.

The Small Power Plant Exemption process, which incorporates requirements similar to the Initial Study process under the California Environmental Quality Act, will examine whether the proposed project will create a substantial adverse impact upon the environment or energy resources. The review process provides a forum allowing the applicant, Commission staff, governmental agencies, adjacent landowners, and members of the general public to discuss whether the proposal qualifies for an exemption from the Commission's licensing process.

The informational hearing is the first in a series of Energy Commission meetings where community members and governmental agencies will have an opportunity to obtain information and offer comments on the proposal. The applicant, Chevron USA, Inc., will explain plans for constructing and operating the proposed project. Energy Commission staff will explain the small power plant exemption process and its role in reviewing the application for exemption. Chevron representatives and Commission staff will discuss the schedule and possible issues that may be significant during this proceeding. A representative of the Commission's Public Adviser's Office will provide information about how the public can participate in the review process.

Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007
Site Visit (Bus Tour) begins at 4 p.m.
Public Informational Hearing begins at 5:30 p.m.
Richmond City Council Chambers
1401 Marina Way South
Richmond, California 94804
Wheelchair Accessible

The Chevron Richmond Refinery has a critical set of security protocols and requirements that must be met for the public site visit, many of which are mandated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Members of the public, including the media, wishing to participate in the no-stop, no-exit bus tour of the site must contact the Energy Commission's Public Advisor's Office at (916) 654-4489 no later than Aug. 27, 2007.

Security requirements for the site visit include the following:

  • Each bus will leave from the Richmond City Council Chambers and have Chevron security personnel on board.
  • All tour passengers must present valid U.S. government-issued photo identification before boarding the bus, including a valid driver's license or identification card, passport, U.S. military identification card, or badge for a federal agency such as the Department of Transportation, the Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Unannounced members of the public will not be permitted to participate in the site visit.
  • All backpacks, bags, purses, and the like will be searched by Chevron security personnel before passengers board the bus.
  • Photography at the refinery's site is forbidden. Accordingly, cameras, including cell phones with camera function, will not be allowed on the site visit.
  • Chevron Security will prevent photography and unauthorized exiting from the bus during the site visit.

The proposed power plant replacement project would add 60 MW of electric generating capacity at the Chevron Richmond Refinery, located at 841 Chevron Way, Richmond, and would be integrated into Chevron's plans to meet its growing refinery electrical load and produce steam to replace an existing boiler plant. The initial estimated construction cost is about $100 million.

The project would use recycled water where possible and treated water from an existing, on-site reverse osmosis plant. If the exemption is approved, construction is planned for late fall of this year, and the project is expected to generate electricity for the refinery by spring of 2010.

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-six licensed power plants are in operation, producing 12,910 MW. Since Gov. Schwarzenegger took office, 18 of these power plants, totaling 6,913 MW, have been approved. In addition, 18 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 6,654 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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