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For Immediate Release: July 27, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

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Attention Editors:

Workshop to be held on Avenal energy project


Staff of the California Energy Commission will conduct a workshop for the proposed 600-megawatt Avenal Energy project in Kings County. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.

When:Tuesday, July 1, 2008 beginning at 1:00 P.M.

Where: District board room, Reef/Sunset United School District Headquarters, 205 North Park Avenue, Avenal, California

Who: The data response and issue resolution will focus on data responses already received from the plant applicant on areas such as air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, hazardous materials management, land use, soil and water resources, transmission system engineering, waste management, and worker safety/fire protection, and the resolution of related issues and concerns.

Why:: Following the workshop, staff will consider the responses and comments it receives, and if necessary submit a second round of data requests, in preparing a preliminary staff assessment containing an initial analysis of issues and recommendations for mitigation and conditions of certification.

What:Project owner Avenal Power Center, LLC of Houston, Texas plans to develop the Avenal Energy project on 25 acres of a 148-acre site zoned for industrial use just south of the Fresno County line and two miles east of Interstate 5. The proposed project is six miles from the City of Avenal's residential and commercial districts.

If licensed by the Energy Commission, the $530-million power facility will begin construction in April 2010, with initial startup in October 2011 and full commercial operation by June 2012.

Throughout the project's 12-month licensing review, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings in Kings County on the proposed plant to determine whether it should be certified for a license and under what set of conditions.

More information on the Avenal Energy project is available on the Energy Commission website at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/avenal/

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