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For Immediate Release: June 20, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

Proposed decision released for Eastshore power plant project in Hayward


Sacramento - A committee designated by the California Energy Commission to review the Eastshore Energy Center project today released its presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD). The PMPD recommends against licensing the 115-megawatt peaker power facility planned near the Hayward Executive Airport.

The PMPD is not a final decision on the project. The committee released the PMPD for public comments to consider input before holding a public conference on the document in Hayward on July 21, 2008. The public comment period ends on July 28, 2008. The full Energy Commission will consider the proposed decision for a final vote at a future date after all public comments have been reviewed.

The committee led by Commissioner Jeffrey Byron found the planned facility "deficient in four areas that cannot be mitigated at the proposed project site" near Clawiter Road in Hayward, Alameda County.

The PMPD said the proposed Eastshore Energy Center would be unsafe to the operations of the nearby Hayward Executive Airport by "further reducing already constrained air space and increasing pilot cockpit workload."

The project's invisible thermal plumes, said the PMPD would endanger small aircraft during landing and takeoff at the nearby airport.

The document also said that the plant would not conform to Hayward's land use and zoning laws. It said the plant would be inconsistent with Hayward's municipal zoning ordinance requirements for a conditional use permit since the project would be detrimental to surrounding homes and businesses.

Further, the PMPD said the peaker plant would be incompatible with Alameda County's airport land use policy and would be inconsistent with the City's airport approach zoning regulations.

The Committee was "not persuaded that the benefits of the facility" for "reliable peaking energy in the Bay Area" were sufficient to recommend that the Commission exercise its authority to override city and county regulations and inconsistencies with the California Environmental Quality Act, according to the PMPD.

Texas-based Tierra Energy had proposed to build the peaker facility consisting of 14 natural gas-fired reciprocating engine generators.

The Eastshore Energy Center was designed as a peaking facility to meet electricity load during periods of high demand that generally occur during summer days.

More information on the Eastshore PMPD is available at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/eastshore/index.html

Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 66 power plants, totaling 25,226 MW. Thirty-eight licensed power plants are in operation, producing 13,087 MW. Since Governor Schwarzenegger took office, 20 of these power plants, totaling 7,530 MW have been approved.

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