For Immediate Release: April 9, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Attention City and Assignment Editors:

Public conference April 13 on proposed decision
on the Chula Vista Energy Upgrade Project

The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the Chula Vista Energy Upgrade Project in San Diego County will hold a public conference on the presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) on the 100-megawatt facility.

When: Monday, April 13, 2009, beginning at 4pm

Where: Council Chambers, Chula Vista City Hall, 276 4th Avenue, Chula Vista, California

Who: In its PMPD, the committee recommended that the plant's application be denied. The committee cites concerns that the peaking power facility would be inconsistent with the goals of the city of Chula Vista's general plan and zoning ordinance "to separate industrial and residential uses."

The PMPD concludes that the project would be problematic because the city's new general plan adopted after the existing power plant was built requires that the siting of power plants and other major toxic emitters be avoided within 1,000 feet of "sensitive receptors" such as schools and homes.

Why: The purpose of the public conference is to consider oral and written comments on the PMPD from the parties (applicant, Energy Commission staff and intervenors), government agencies and members of the public. Anyone may address the committee at the public conference subject to a reasonable time limit.

The $80-million Chula Vista Energy Upgrade Project is planned to provide power only during peak hours. It is proposed in the city's Main Street district on a parcel occupied by an eight-year-old 44.5-MW peaker plant that the upgrade project is intended to replace.

More information on the project is available at:

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