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For Immediate Release: May 7, 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 Riverside Energy
Resource Center expansion scheduled for May 12th


The California Energy Commission has scheduled a site visit and informational hearing for the proposed expansion of the Riverside Energy Resource Center in Riverside. The public is invited to attend.

When: Monday, May 12, 2008
Site visit begins at 2pm. The informational hearing begins at 3:30 p.m.

Where:
Multi-purpose Room, Riverside Water Quality Plant, 5950 Acorn Street, Riverside

Who:
Energy Commissioner Karen Douglas, presiding member and Energy Commission Vice Chairman James Boyd, alternate 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 Energy Commission began review of the city of Riverside's application for a for a small power plant exemption (SPPE) on March 19, 2008. The Committee will analyze the city's SPPE application to add two generators (Units 3 and 4) to its existing natural gas-fired Riverside Energy Resource Center. The new units will increase the peaker plant's electricity production by 95 megawatts.

If a power plant proposal is between 50 and 100 megawatts, the Commission may exempt it from its yearlong review process under an SPPE. However, the Commission must first find that the plant will not create a substantial adverse impact on the environment, energy resources, the transmission system, or public health.).

Why:
With an SPPE, an applicant will be responsible for obtaining all necessary local, state, and federal permits to build and operate a proposed power plant. Local and state agencies would use the Energy Commission's mitigated negative declaration exemption document when issuing their respective permits in line with the California Environmental Quality Act.

More information on the Riverside SPPE application is available on the Energy Commission website at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/riverside_expansion/index.html

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