For Immediate Release: September 24, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Review starts for Marsh Landing power plant

SACRAMENTO -- The California Energy Commission has appointed a two-member committee to review the 930-megawatt Marsh Landing Generation Station near the city of Antioch.

The Commission appointed the committee after it voted 4-0 that the proposed natural gas-fired facility is data adequate.

Data adequacy means the applicant, Mirant Marsh Landing LLC, has submitted enough information to start the formal yearlong review of the project's application for certification (AFC).

Energy Commission Vice Chairman James Boyd leads the committee that will ensure that the project meets all requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. Commissioner Karen Douglas will serve as the associate member.

The $800-million Marsh Landing Generating Station will use recycled water from the Delta Diablo Sanitation District for all its industrial needs. The air-cooled power plant will be constructed on a 27-acre parcel adjacent to the Contra Costa Power Plant (CCPP) facility, currently occupied by five fuel storage tanks. The applicant will purchase the parcel from current owner Mirant Delta, LLC.

If approved by the Commission, the Marsh Landing Generating Station will start construction in the autumn of 2009. Commercial operation is targeted for the summer of 2012.

Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 68 power plants, totaling 25,952 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 7,693 MW have been approved. In addition, 23 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 9,640 MW.

More information on the marsh Landing Generating Station is available at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/marshlanding/index.html

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