For Immediate Release: October 8, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Energy Commission Denies License to Eastshore Energy Center

Sacramento --The California Energy Commission today gave the thumbs down for the construction and operation of the proposed Eastshore Energy Center in Hayward.

By a vote of 4-0 the Commission adopted the recommendation of the revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD) not to license the 115-megawatt peaker power facility that had been planned near the Hayward Executive Airport.

In the revised PMPD released on August 28, 2008, the Commission committee that reviewed the plant's application for certification found the planned facility "deficient in five areas that cannot be mitigated at the proposed project site" near Clawiter Road in Hayward, Alameda County.

The revised PMPD said turbulence caused by high velocity, invisible thermal plumes from the Eastshore Energy Center "would present a significant public safety risk to low flying aircraft during landing and takeoff maneuvers" at the nearby the Hayward Executive Airport.

According to the revised PMPD, the facility would be unsafe to the operations of the nearby Hayward Executive Airport by "further reducing already constrained air space and increasing pilot cockpit workload."

Further, the revised PMPD said Eastshore would be inconsistent with the City of Hayward's Municipal Zoning Ordinance requirements for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) since the project "would not operate at a minimum of detriment" to surrounding homes and businesses."

The revised PMPD also cited the peaker plant's incompatibility with Alameda County's airport land use policy; the City's Hayward airport approach zoning regulations; and the City of Hayward's General Plan update to turn the industrial corridor near the plant from manufacturing to an information-based technology corridor.

The applicant, Tierra Energy requested that the Energy Commission override findings of laws, ordinances, regulations and standards and to certify the proposed plant in the interest of "public convenience and necessity" for reliable peaking energy in the Bay Area," the revised PMPD said.

But the Commission declined because it was not persuaded that the benefits of the facility for a reliable peaking energy in the Bay Area were sufficient to recommend that the Commission exercise its authority to override city and county regulations and inconsistencies with the California Environmental Quality Act."

Tierra Energy had proposed to build the peaker facility consisting of 14 natural gas-fired reciprocating engine generators.

The Eastshore Energy Center was designed as a peaking facility to meet electricity load during periods of high demand that generally occur during summer days.

More information on the Eastshore Energy Center is available at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/eastshore/index.html

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