For Immediate Release: December 23, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Final Study released on Riverside Energy Resource Center expansion

Sacramento -- The staff of the California Energy Commission recommends that the City of Riverside's application to add two generators to its existing natural gas-fired 96-megawatt Energy Resource Center be granted a small power plant exemption (SPPE).

In releasing a Final Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration, Energy Commission staff says that the proposed generators that would add another 95 megawatts to the Center's current output can be put in place and operated without direct, indirect and cumulative environmental impacts to public health and safety and the transmission system.

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 a proposed plant would result in no substantial adverse impacts to the environment or energy resources. 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 environmental document (the Final Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration) when issuing their respective permits in line with the California Environmental Quality Act.

The Energy Commission Committee reviewing the plant's SPPE application will conduct a hearing to enable everyone to comment on the Final Initial Study. The Committee will consider the application, staff's analysis, and any other evidence presented in the proceedings to determine whether to recommend granting the SPPE.

After the hearing, the Committee will prepare and publish a proposed decision. The full Commission will then hold a hearing for final arguments and render a decision on the SPPE application.

More information on Final Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration is available on the Energy Commission website at:

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