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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

Public conference on Presiding member's proposed decision
on Colusa power plant set for April 14th


The Energy Commission committee reviewing the 660-megawatt Colusa Generating Station in Colusa County will hold a conference on its presiding member's proposed decision on the planned facility.

When: MONDAY, April 14, 2008 Beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Where: California Energy Commission First Floor Hearing Room B 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento

Who: In its PMPD on the Colusa Generating Station, the committee led by Commissioner James D. Boyd stressed that the facility can be licensed if the owner can work with the Maxwell Fire Protection District to address emergency response concerns. The plant proposed, 14 miles north of Williams, will be within the jurisdiction of the all-volunteer district.

Why: The purpose of the conference is to consider oral and written comments on the PMPD from the parties, governmental agencies, and members of the public before the document is brought to the full Energy Commission for consideration at its April 23rd business meeting.

What: The Colusa Generating Station is proposed on a 31-acre portion of a 100-acre parcel on the Holthouse Ranch property, north of Williams in Colusa County. If it receives a license from the Energy Commission, project construction is scheduled to occur over 24 months, beginning this year. Plant owner Pacific Gas and Electric Company would begin generating electricity by the spring of 2010. The construction cost is estimated between $450 million and $500 million. The PMPD for the Colusa Generating Station is available on the Energy Commission's website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/colusa/documents/

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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