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For Immediate Release: January 9, 2008
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 for proposed
Fresno County power plant scheduled for January 14


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission has scheduled a site visit and informational hearing for the proposed 565-megawatt Community Power Plant (CPP) project in Fresno County.

When: Monday, January 14, 2008

Where: A bus departs at 12:30 p.m. from the Kearney Research and Extension Center, 9240 South Riverbend Avenue at the University of California, Parlier. The public informational hearing follows at the center at 1:45 p.m. Transportation will be provided to and from the site.

Who: Energy Commission Chairman Jakalyne Pfannenstiel, presiding member of the Committee reviewing the plant's application will lead the site visit and conduct the informational hearing. 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 Commission began the review of the proposed plant's application on September 27, 2007. The project owner, Kings River Conservation District proposes to develop the CPP on a 32-acre site that is currently a vineyard near Parlier.

Why: 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 23,946 MW. Thirty-nine licensed power plants are in operation, producing 13,087 MW. Since Gov. Schwarzenegger took office, 18 of these power plants, totaling 6,910 MW, have been approved. In addition, 18 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 7,271 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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