For Immediate Release: November 12, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Attention Editors:

Initial Study out on Riverside Energy Resource Center expansion

Who: The staff of the Energy Commission has released its Draft Initial Study of the City of Riverside's application to add two generators to its existing natural gas-fired Riverside Energy Resource Center.

When: Today, Wednesday, November 12, 2008. The draft initial study is available on the Energy Commission's website at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/riverside_expansion/index.html

What: The Energy Commission staff document says that no major issues have arisen so far in the review of the city's application for small power plant exemption (SPPE) to add to its existing Riverside Energy Resource Center's production by 95 megawatts. The document also said there are no apparent obstacles in getting additional information necessary to complete its Draft Final Study.

After a workshop on the draft study, staff will issue its Final Study that will contain the staff's independent and thorough analysis of the City's SPPE.

Why: With an SPPE, an applicant will be responsible for obtaining all necessary local, state, and federal permits to build and operate a proposed power plant. Local and state agencies would use the Energy Commission's mitigated negative declaration exemption document when issuing their respective permits in line with the California Environmental Quality Act.

If a power plant proposal is between 50 and 100 megawatts, the Commission may exempt it from its yearlong review process under an SPPE. However, the Commission must first find that the plant will not create a substantial adverse impact on the environment, energy resources, the transmission system, or public health.

More information on the Riverside SPPE application is available on the Energy Commission website at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/riverside_expansion/index.html

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