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For Immediate Release: March 25, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Second Data Response & lssue Resolution Workshop for Carlsbad
Energy Center on Wednesday, March 26th


Attention Editors:

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

When: Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 1:00pm - 5:00pm and 5:30 - 7:00pm

Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 6450 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad.

Why: The workshop will discuss the applicant's responses to staff's second round of data requests issued on February 28, 2008, and to work towards resolving project issues.

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 the subject of Air Quality, Hazardous Material Management, Socioeconomics, Traffic and Transportation, Visual Resources, Waste Management and other areas as needed. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.
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 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.

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