For Immediate Release: February 19, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Data response workshop February 23rd for the Lodi Energy Center

The California Energy Commission will hold a data response and issue resolution workshop for the proposed 255-megawatt Lodi Energy Center. Members of the public are invited to participate.

When: Beginning at 10am Monday, February 23, 2009

Where: Pisano Room, Hutchins Street Square, 125 Hutchins Street, Lodi, California

Who: Energy Commission staff is currently analyzing the application for certification (AFC) of the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) for the Lodi facility. At the workshop, staff and the applicant will discuss data responses to several technical areas and work toward resolving issues. Following the workshop, staff will consider the responses and comments it receives in preparing a preliminary staff assessment. This document will contain an initial analysis of issues and recommendations for mitigation and conditions of certification for the proposed plant.

What: On September 10, 2008, the NCPA filed an AFC to construct and operate the Lodi Energy Center. The natural gas fired, combined cycle plant will be located on land owned and incorporated by the City of Lodi. 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.

Why: If approved, construction of the project would begin in early 2010 and last for about 24-months. Pre-operational testing of the facility would begin in the fourth quarter with full-scale commercial operation commencing in early 2012.

Throughout the project's 12-month licensing review, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings on the proposed plant to determine whether it should be certified for a license and under what set of conditions. More information on the proposed plant is available at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/lodi/index.html

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