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For Immediate Release: December 11, 2007
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Site visit and informational hearing on proposed
Carlsbad power plant scheduled for December 17


Sacramento - Community members may learn more about the proposed 558-megawatt Carlsbad Energy Center in Carlsbad at a site visit and information hearing.

When: Monday, December 17, 2007

Where: A bus departs at 3:15 p.m. from the Faraday Center, 1635 Faraday Avenue, Carlsbad for the site visit. The public informational hearing follows at the center's conference room 173B (wheelchair accessible) at 5:00 p.m. Transportation will be provided to and from the site.

Who: Energy Commission Vice Chair James D. Boyd, presiding member and Commissioner John L. Geesman, associate member will lead the site visit and conduct the informational hearing on the proposed plant. These steps are the first in a formal review process that allows the public, governmental agencies and other interested parties to participate in the review of the planned power plant.

What: The Energy Commission began review of the planned power plant on October 31, 2007. 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.

Why: If the Carlsbad Energy Center is licensed, boiler units 1, 2 and 3 of the Encina Power Station will be retired. The facility would begin construction in late October 2008. The first of the two-phase operation would begin during May 2010, with Unit 2 commencing commercial operation in June 2010.

More information on the site visit is available at:

visit: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/carlsbad/notices/2007-12-17_notice_public_site_visit.html

More information on the Carlsbad Energy Center Project is available on the Energy Commission website at:

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

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