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For Immediate Release: March 3, 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
Community Power Project, Thursday, March 6


Attention Editors:

California Energy Commission staff will conduct a data request and issues resolution workshop for the proposed 565-megawatt Community Power Project in Fresno County.

When: 3 pm, Thursday, March 6, 2008.

General public comments will be heard at around 5:30 p.m

Where: University of California Kearny Research and Extension Center, 9240 South Riverbend Avenue, Parlier

What: The workshop will discuss the applicant's responses to staff's data requests and to work toward resolving issues related to the proposed facility to be developed on a 32-acre site that is currently a vineyard near Parlier. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.

Who: Energy Commission staff currently analyzing Kings River Conservation District's proposed project will focus on issues related to the technical areas of air quality, land use, hazardous materials, cultural resources, socioeconomics, soil ad water resources, visual resources, system engineering and waste management. Following the workshop, staff will consider the comments it receives. Staff will then publish a preliminary Staff Assessment containing a preliminary analysis of issues and recommendations for mitigation and conditions of certification for the project.

Why: The Commission began the review of the proposed plant's application on September 27, 2007. If licensed by the Commission, the combined cycle natural gas-fired plant will employ two trains of combustion turbine generators and heat recovery system generators connected to one steam turbine generator. The 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 65 power plants, totaling 24,566) MW. Thirty-eight licensed power plants are in operation, producing 13,087 MW. Since Gov. Schwarzenegger took office, 20 of these power plants, totaling 7,530 MW have been approved. In addition, 18 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 7,451 MW.

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