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For Immediate Release: September 26. 2007
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler - 916-654-4989

California Energy Commission Approves Relocation
of Hayward Power Plant


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today granted permission for the proposed Russell City Energy Center in Hayward to move approximately 1,300 feet from its original location.

The Commission voted 4-0 to accept the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD), which recommended approval of an amendment to move the planned 600 megawatt (MW) power plant. The amendment, with conditions, allows the proposed plant to be built on an 18.8-acre site between Depot Road and Enterprise Avenue in Hayward's industrial area.

The Russell City Energy Center was originally certified by the Energy Commission on Sept. 11, 2002. Without a power purchase agreement, construction was never initiated. Now Calpine Corp. and GE Energy Financial Services have a power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The new project site is larger than the previous 14.7-acre site and would result in fewer environmental impacts.

Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 63 power plants, totaling 24,149 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 6,994 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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