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For Immediate Release: April 11, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Site visit and info hearing for proposed
Anaheim peaker plant scheduled for April 15th


The California Energy Commission has scheduled a site visit and informational hearing for the proposed 200-megawat Canyon Power Plant in an industrial area in the city of Anaheim.

When: Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Where: A bus leaves in front of the Anaheim City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim for the site visit at 4:15pm. The informational hearing will start at the Council Chambers (first floor of City Hall) beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Who: Energy Commissioner Jeffrey D. Byron, presiding member of the Committee reviewing the plant's application will lead the site visit and conduct the informational hearing. These steps are the first in a formal review process that allows the public, governmental agencies and other interested parties to participate in the review of the planned power plant.

What: The Commission began the review of the proposed plant's application on March 12, 2008. 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, Anaheim.

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.

Why: If licensed by the 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 approved for construction and under what set of conditions. More information on the Canyon Power Plant Project 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.

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