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For Immediate Release: June 23, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Attention Editors

Workshop for Riverside plant expansion scheduled on June 26


California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop for the proposed Riverside Energy Resource Center Units 3 and 4 project in Riverside. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.

When: Beginning at 1:30pm, Thursday June 26, 2008

Where: Square Ballroom, Riverside Public Utilities Department, 3901 Orange Street, Riverside, California

Who: At the data response and issue resolution workshop, Energy Commission staff will discuss the plant applicant's responses to staff's data requests and work toward resolving outstanding issues. Areas to be covered include air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and paleontology, hazardous materials, land use, socioeconomics, transmission system engineering, visual resources/plume, waste management and water resources.

Why: After the workshop, staff will consider the comments and responses it receipts in publishing an initial study containing a preliminary analysis of the proposed project. Staff will also review the Energy CommissionŐs Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE).

What: The Energy Commission began review of the city of Riverside's application for an 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.).

More details about the workshop is at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/riverside_expansion/notices/index.html

Further information on the Riverside Energy Resource Center expansion is at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/riverside_expansion/index.html

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