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For Immediate Release: January 16, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission approves license for Starwood Power
Project in Western Fresno County

Sacramento -The California Energy Commission today approved the construction of the 120-megawatt Starwood Power Project in western Fresno County.

By a vote of 4-0, the Commission accepted the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD recommending approval of the simple-cycle power plant that will be ramped up only in times of high electricity demand.

The $85-millon facility was licensed after the owner -- Starwood Midway LLC of Greenwich, Connecticut --said it would comply with applicable laws, ordinances and regulations by satisfying requirements spelled out in the PMPD.

Starwood Midway LLC will have to minimize air emissions by using the best available control technology and fully offset pollution impacts from the project; relocate tenants of an adjacent property before construction starts; and use either water recovered from cleaning irrigation pipes or degraded groundwater from the existing CalPeak power plant for air pollution control and increased efficiency.

The natural gas-fueled power plant will be built on a 5.6-acre site within a 128-acre parcel located near Mendota, about 50 miles west of Fresno. The peaker facility will include two combustion turbine generators. Electricity generated from the facility would meet the requirements of a 15-year power purchase contract with Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

Construction of the project will begin in June 2008; expected start date for the plant to generate power is May 2009.

Starwood is the second of four power plants proposed for Fresno County in 2006 and late 2007 to be approved for construction. On December 19, 2007, another peaker, the 400-megawatt Panoche Energy Center, also near Mendota was licensed to begin construction. Panoche is expected to cost more than $300 million. A third project, the Community Power Plant Project, a 565-megawatt facility proposed for Parlier is currently under review by the Energy Commission. Meanwhile the review of a fourth proposed plant the 200-MW Bullard Energy Center near Fresno is suspended upon request of the applicant.


Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 64 power plants, totaling 24,066 MW. Thirty-nine licensed power plants are in operation, producing 13,087 MW. Since Gov. Schwarzenegger took office, 19 of these power plants, totaling 7,030 MW have been approved. In addition, 18 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 7,351 MW. More information about Energy Commission power plant projects is available at:


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