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For Immediate Release: January 18, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Data Response & lssue Resolution Workshop for the
Carlsbad Energy Center on Thursday, January 24


Attention Editors:

California Energy Commission staff will conduct a data request and issues resolution workshop for the proposed 558-megawatt Carlsbad Energy Center project in San Diego County.

When:
2:30-4:30pm (afternoon workshop session) and 5-7pm (summary of afternoon session and continuation of workshop)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2008

Where:
City of Carlsbad Dove Library, Schuman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad

Why
The workshop will discuss the applicant's responses to staff's data requests and to work toward resolving issues related to the proposed facility. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.

Who:
Energy Commission staff currently analyzing the Application for Certification of the project owned by a subsidiary of NRG Energy of Texas, will focus on issues related to the technical areas of Transmission System Engineering, Cultural Resources, Waste Management, Visual Resources, Soil and Water, Air Quality, and Land Use. Following the workshop, staff will consider the comments it receives prior to publishing a Preliminary Staff Assessment containing a preliminary analysis of issues and recommendations for mitigation and conditions of certification for the project.

What:
The proposed natural gas powered Carlsbad project is being proposed on a 22-acre portion of the existing Encina Power Station also owned by NRG Energy. The combined-cycle facility will feature a fast-start high-efficiency technology. If the Carlsbad Energy Center is licensed, boiler units 1, 2 and 3 of the Encina Power Station will be retired.

Throughout the project's 12-month licensing process, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings in Carlsbad regarding the proposed plant 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 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:

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

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