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For Immediate Release: December 5, 2007
Media Contact: Percy D. Della - 916-654-4989

Proposed power plant in Fresno County Accepted for Review


Sacramento - By a 5-0 vote, the California Energy Commission today started the licensing review process for a 565-megawatt power plant proposed for Fresno County.

The Energy Commission has determined that the application for certification of the planned Community Power Plant (CPP) is "data adequate," meaning the commission has enough information to begin the 12-month review of the project.

The Commission has named Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel to head the Committee that would make sure the project meets the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. Commissioner John Geesman will serve as the Associate Member.

Project owner Kings River Conservation District proposes to develop the CPP on a 32-acre site that is currently a vineyard near the city of Parlier in Fresno County.

If licensed by the Commission, the combined cycle natural gas-fired plant will employ the two-on-one configuration –two trains of combustion turbine generators and heat recovery system generators will be connected to one steam turbine generator. The CPP facility will use reclaimed water and include a tertiary treatment plant and a zero liquid discharge system that would purify and recycle process water to minimize water consumption.

Throughout the project's 12-month licensing review, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings in Fresno County on the proposed plant to determine whether it should be approved for construction and under what set of conditions. More information on the Community Power Plant project is available on the Energy Commission website at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/communitypower/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, 19 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 7,671 MW. More information about Energy Commission power plant projects is available at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/all_projects.html

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