For Immediate Release: November 20, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Review starts for proposed power plant in Lodi

SACRAMENTO - The Energy Commission has started the review of the proposed Lodi Energy Center (LEC).

By a vote of 4-0, the Energy Commission today found the application for certification (AFC) for the 255-megawatt power plant "data adequate."

Data adequacy means the Commission has received enough information from the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA), the plant applicant, to start the yearlong licensing process for the natural gas-fired combined cycle facility.

The Commission has named Commissioner Karen Douglas to lead the Committee to review the Lodi Energy Center. Commissioner Jeffrey Byron is the associate member.

The committee will ensure that the project meets the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing thermal electric power plants, 50 MW and greater in California.

As lead agency under CEQA, the Commission through its facility certification process examines public health and safety, environmental impacts, and engineering aspects of proposed power plants and all related facilities, such as electric transmission lines and natural gas and water pipelines.

The NCPA filed an AFC to construct and operate the Lodi Energy Center on September 10, 2008. The proposed plant will be located on land owned and incorporated by the City of Lodi. It will be about six miles west of the Lodi city center and two miles to the south of the City of Stockton.

The project site is currently undeveloped and is currently used for equipment storage during upgrades to the nearby White Slough Water Pollution Control Facility owned by the city.

More information on the proposed plant is available at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/lodi/index.html

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