For Immediate Release: April 8, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

License Approved for San Diego County Power Plant

SACRAMENTO --The California Energy Commission today approved the construction of the Orange Grove Power Energy AFC Power Plant project in northern San Diego County.

By a vote of 5-0, the Energy Commission adopted the presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) that recommended licensing the 96-megawatt plant.

Commission Vice Chairman James D. Boyd served as the presiding member of the committee that reviewed the plant's application for certification.

The PMPD said the plant would conform to all laws, ordinances, regulations and standards. But it required the plant applicant, Orange Grove LLC to resolve three issues before a license was granted.

The issues were threshed out during a supplementary evidentiary hearing on March 16. These concerned a discrepancy on 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 plant applicant.

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

The facility will operate only in times of high electricity demand. It will consist of a 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: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/orangegrovepeaker/

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