For Immediate Release: February 25, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Proposed decision released for the
Orange Grove Power project in San Diego County

Sacramento - A California Energy Commission committee reviewing a power plant proposed for San Diego County said today that the facility could be licensed for construction, with conditions.

Before the Orange Grove AFC Power Plant project is approved, the applicant will be required to resolve several issues outlined in the committee's presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) on the 96-megawatt plant.

The PMPD is NOT a final decision on the project. The committee, led by Energy Commission Vice Chairman James D. Boyd, released the PMPD for 30 days of public comments. A supplementary evidentiary hearing will be held March 16 on the outstanding issues of the case.

These include resolving a discrepancy regarding the amount of the plant's water usage; the duration and hours of construction of a natural gas pipeline; and whether the plant site would be leased by the San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) to the Orange Grove LLC, the plant applicant.

Immediately following the supplementary evidentiary hearing at the Pala Resort in Fallbrook, the committee will hold a public conference on the PMPD.

The final document will be considered before the full Commission for a final vote on April 8, 2009.

The Orange Grove Energy AFC Power Plant Project is proposed by a subsidiary J-Power USA Development Corporation, in response to a Request for Offers (RFO) by (SDG&E) for new generating resources to support local reliability.

If approved, the facility will operate only in times of high electricity demand. It will consist of simple cycle electric generating plant and related facilities on unincorporated land owned by SDG&E north of State Route 76 and east of Interstate 15 in rural San Diego County.

The proposed plant will be located five miles east of Fallbrook and two miles west of the community of Pala.

More information about the project is available at:

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