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For Immediate Release: October 31, 2007
Media Contact: Percy D. Della - 916-654-4989

Review Begins for Carlsbad Power Plant


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today accepted an application for a 558-megawatt power plant proposed for the City of Carlsbad in San Diego County. The action starts the Energy Commission's licensing review process.

By a vote of 4-0, the Energy Commission determined the Carlsbad Energy Center as "data adequate," meaning the Commission has enough information to begin the yearlong evaluation of the project.

Vice Chairman James D. Boyd and Commissioner John Geesman, will serve as Presiding Member, and Associate Member, respectively of the committee overseeing the 12-month process that assures that California Environmental Quality Act requirements are met.

Applicant Carlsbad Energy Center LLC, a subsidiary of Texas-based NRG Energy, proposes to develop the natural gas-fired generating facility on a 22-acre portion of the existing Encina Power Station also owned by NRG.

The Carlsbad location is zoned to allow electrical generation and transmission facilities. The combined-cycle generating facility will be configured to use air cooling and the two units will have both a natural gas-fired combustion turbine and a steam turbine on each unit.

The proposed Carlsbad project will feature a fast-start high-efficiency technology to support San Diego Gas & Electric's local load and provide overall system reliability.

If the Carlsbad Energy Center is licensed, boiler units 1, 2 and 3 of the Encina Power Station will be retired, creating substantial environmental benefits. Air emissions will be reduced; 225 million gallons of seawater to cool the units will no longer be needed; the discharge of wastewater into the Pacific Ocean will be reduced; and potable water used by the existing units will be saved.

Throughout the project's 12-month licensing process, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings in Carlsbad regarding the proposed plan to determine whether it should be approved for construction and operation and under what set of conditions. More information on the Carlsbad Energy Center is available on the Energy Commission website:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/carlsbad/index.html

Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 63 power plants, totaling 23,546 MW. Forty licensed power plants are in operation, producing 13,087 MW. Since Governor 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 7329 MW. More information about Energy Commission power plant projects is available at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/all_projects.html.

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