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For Immediate Release: September 20, 2007
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

California Energy Commission to Hold Site Visit and Information Hearing for Orange Grove Project

Sacramento - Community members may learn more about the proposed 96 megawatt (MW) Orange Grove Project at a site visit and information hearing September 24.

The Orange Grove Project Committee - Vice Chair James Boyd, presiding member, and Commissioner Arthur Rosenfeld, associate member - will conduct the site visit and information hearing as the first step in the formal review process that allows members of the public and governmental agencies to hear information and offer comments on the proposal. The applicant, Orange Grove Energy, L.P., will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. The Energy Commission staff will explain the regulatory review process and the Energy CommissionŐs role in evaluating the project.

September 24, 2007
Site visit begins at 4:30 p.m.
Public information hearing begins at 6 p.m.
Fallbrook High School
Bob Burton Performing Arts Center
2400 South Stagecoach Lane
Fallbrook, CA 92028
(Wheelchair accessible)

On August 1, 2007, the Energy Commission voted to assign a committee to oversee the Orange Grove Project. The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing, and ultimately approving or denying, all thermal electric power plants 50 MW or greater proposed for construction in California. The Energy Commission's SPPE process allows projects between 50 and 100 MW to proceed with local approval rather than requiring an Energy Commission license, thus exempting such projects from the Energy Commission's year-long licensing process The six-month small power plant exemption review process provides the public forum for the Commission's evaluation of the project's eligibility for an exemption under state law. The Energy Commission is the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act responsible for preparing an initial study. If warranted, the Commission will prepare a mitigated negative declaration that examines public health and safety and environmental impacts of the proposed project.

The proposed simple-cycle generating facility comprises two combustion turbine generators and associated equipment. It is designed as a peaking facility to meet electric generation load during high demand periods. The project would be situated on 8.5 acres within a 202-acre parcel owned by San Diego Gas & Electric Co. about 16 miles east of Fallbrook in northern San Diego County. The plant's estimated construction cost is $85 million, and electricity generation would begin generating by June 2008. The project developer has a power purchase agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric Co. The applicant will provide transportation from Fallbrook High School to the project site and back. Since the electricity industry 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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