For Immediate Release: November 6, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Attention Editors:
Staff Assessment Out on Orange Grove AFC Power Plant Project

Who: : The staff of the Energy Commission has released its analysis of the 96-megawatt Orange Grove Energy AFC Power Plant Project.

When: Today, Thursday, November 6, 2008. The staff analysis is available on the Energy Commission's website at:

What: Energy Commission staff said it has sufficient information to recommend licensing the peaker facility. The staff analysis concludes that the project as currently proposed would comply with all other applicable laws, ordinances and regulations and standards (LORS) and that environmental impacts from the proposed peaker plant could be mitigated to less than significant levels.

The document provides the detailed environmental impact assessment required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). It represents the Energy Commission staff's thorough and independent assessment of the project's potential impacts on the environment, public health and safety.

The document is not a decision or proposed decision on the planned facility. It will serve as staff's testimony at an evidentiary hearing on the project scheduled for December 19, 2008 by the hearing officer and the committee of two commissioners reviewing this case.

Why: The Orange Grove Energy AFC Power Plant Project was proposed in response to a Request for Offers (RFO) by San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) for new generating resources to support local reliability. The facility, to be ramped up only in time of high electricity demand, will consist of simple cycle electric generating plant and related facilities on unincorporated land north of State Route 76 and east of Interstate 15 in rural San Diego County owned by SDG&E two miles west of the community of Pala.

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