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For Immediate Release: September 10, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

Review starts for a modified Tracy power plant


SACRAMENTO -- The official review calendar for the GWF Tracy Combined Cycle Power Plant project has begun.

By a vote of 5-0, the Energy Commission today determined that the application for certification (AFC) from California-based GWF Tracy LLC to upgrade and convert its 169-megawatt Tracy Peaker Plant into a 314-MW combined cycle power facility is now data adequate.

Data adequacy means the applicant has submitted enough information for the Commission to start the yearlong review of the project AFC.

The Commission has named Commissioner Karen Douglas 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.

On June 30, 2008, GWF Energy LLC submitted an application to modify its existing Tracy Peaker, add a nominal net of 145- megawatt generating capacity and convert it into a new combined cycle power plant.

The current facility, licensed by the Energy Commission on July 17, 2002, started commercial operation on June 1, 2003. The new project would occupy a 16.38-acre, fenced site within the existing GWF-owned 40-acre parcel in an unincorporated portion of San Joaquin County, just southwest of Tracy and about 20 miles southwest of Stockton.

If approved, construction of GWF Tracy could begin in early spring of 2010 and be completed in late spring of 2012.

Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 66 power plants, totaling 25,789* megawatts (MW). Thirty-nine licensed power plants are in operation, producing 13,180 MW. Since Governor Schwarzenegger took office, 20 of these power plants, totaling 7,530 MW have been approved. In addition, 24 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 9,938 MW.

More information on the GWF Tracy Combined Cycle Power Plant project is available on the Energy Commission website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/tracyexpansion/


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