For Immediate Release: December 31, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Pre-hearing conference and evidentiary hearing on the Riverside Energy Center expansion to be held on January 5th

What: The California Energy Commission Committee reviewing the City of Riverside's application for a small power plant exemption (SPPE) will hold a pre-hearing conference and evidentiary hearing.

When: Monday, January 5, 2009. The pre-hearing conference will start at 11 a.m. The evidentiary hearing will follow at 2 p.m.

Where: Hearing Room A, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California.

Who: Members of the public are welcome to participate. It is not necessary for anyone to be an intervener (formal party to the proceedings) to take part in the public process. However, only formal parties may present and cross-examine witnesses at the evidentiary hearing.

Why: At the pre-hearing conference, the Committee reviewing Riverside's SPPE application will assess the readiness of all parties for evidentiary hearing, identify areas of agreement and dispute and discuss procedures. The evidentiary hearing that follows will establish the factual record upon which the Commission will decide this case based on written or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding.

After the evidentiary 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 application. The City of Riverside has applied under an SPPE to add two generators that will augment its existing natural gas-fired 96-megawatt Energy Resource Center by 95 megawatts.

If a power plant proposal is between 50 and 100 megawatts, the Commission may exempt it from its yearlong review process under an SPPE. But the Commission must first find that the 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.

More information on the city's SPPE application is available at:

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