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For Immediate Release: July 16, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

Orange Grove Project found data adequate


SACRAMENTO, California - The California Energy Commission today started the review of the proposed 96-megawatt Orange Grove Energy Peaking Power Project.

Voting 5-0, the Energy Commission determined that the simple cycle electric generating plant is "data adequate," meaning there is enough information to begin analyzing its Application for Certification (AFC) filed on June 19, 2008.

The Commission has named Vice Chairman James D. Boyd to lead the committee that ensures that the project meets the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. Commissioner Art Rosenfeld will serve as the associate member.

The project, consisting of a simple cycle electric generating plant and related facilities is planned on unincorporated lands north of State Route 76 and east of Interstate 5 in rural San Diego County.

The applicant, Orange Grove Energy owned by J-Power USA Development Co., LTD. is proposing the plant in response to a Request for Offers (RFO) by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) for new generating resources to support local reliability.

The Orange Grove Energy Peaking Power Project will be located on SDG&E-owned land about five miles east of the City of Fallbrook and approximately two miles west of the community of Pala.

The project is designed as a peaking facility to serve loads only during peak demand.

In July 2007, the applicant filed a similar project seeking a Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE).

That project's SPPE application was withdrawn in April 25, 2008, and the proceeding terminated by the Commission on May 7, 2008. The applicant submitted the current AFC on June 20, 2008.

Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 67 power plants, totaling 25,789 megawatts (MW). Thirty-nine licensed power plants are in operation, producing 13,180 MW. Since Governor Schwarzenegger took office, 21 of these power plants, totaling 8093 MW have been approved. In addition, 20 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 8,841 MW.

More information on the Orange Grove Project is available on the Energy Commission website at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/orangegrovepeaker/

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