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For Immediate Release: March 12, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

Review starts for Anaheim Peaker Plant


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today began the review of a proposed 200-megawatt simple-cycle power plant in Orange County.

By a vote of 4-0, the Energy Commission determined the Canyon Power Plant "data adequate," meaning the commission has enough information to start the 12-month licensing process for the facility planned for an industrially-zoned area in Anaheim.

The Commission has named Commissioner Jeffrey Byron to head the committee that will ensure the project meets the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. Commissioner Arthur H. Rosenfeld will serve as the Associate Member.

Project owner Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) proposes to develop the peaker plant to be ramped up only in times of high demand on a 10-acre parcel in the 3000 block of East Mira Loma Avenue.

The Canyon Power Project will employ four natural gas-fired combustion engines to provide maximum available electrical output during the summer for SCPPA members. The joint powers authority consists of 10 municipal utilities and an irrigation district that deliver electricity to two million customers in the Southern California area.

If licensed by the Energy Commission, the $174 million dollar power facility will begin construction in March 2009. The project is expected to go on line in July 2010.

Throughout the project's 12-month licensing review, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings in Orange County on the proposed plant to determine whether it should be certified for a license and under what set of conditions. More information on the Canyon Power Plant is available on the Energy Commission website at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/canyon/

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, 19 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 7,651 MW.

More information about California power plant projects is available at:

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

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