For Immediate Release: December 11, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Attention Editors:

Preliminary Staff Assessment out on Carlsbad Energy Center Project

What: The staff of the California Energy Commission has issued its Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) for the 588-megawatt Carlsbad Energy Center Project (CECP) proposal in San Diego County.

When: Today, Thursday, December 11, 2008.

Where: The PSA is available on the Energy Commission's Website at:

In its PSA, staff identifies three potential areas of concern related to significant impacts from the construction and operation of the CECP. These areas are air quality, biological resources and visual resources.

The PSA serves as the staff's initial evaluation of the environmental, engineering, and public health and safety impacts of proposed power facilities. After 30-days of public comment and community workshops on the document, the Energy Commission will respond to all remarks and release its final staff assessment (FSA). The FSA will serve as staff's testimony at the evidentiary hearings to be held in Carlsbad by the committee of two commissioners reviewing the case.

Why: The CECP is being proposed by Carlsbad Energy Center, LLC for a 23-acre portion of the existing Encina Power Station (EPS). The natural gas powered CECP facility will feature high-efficiency technology that will be dry-cooled, eliminating the need for once-through ocean water cooling. If the CECP is licensed, EPS Units 1, 2 and 3 will be permanently retired.

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