For Immediate Release: May 7, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

Preliminary Staff Assessment released for the planned Canyon Power Plant

What: The staff of the California Energy Commission has released its Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) for the proposed 200-megawatt simple cycle Canyon Power Plant (CPP) in Orange County.

When: Today, Thursday, May 7, 2009

Where: The PSA is available on the Energy Commission's Website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/canyon/documents/

Why: In its PSA, staff concludes that with implementation of staff's recommended mitigation measures described in the conditions of certification, the CPP would comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS), and that significant adverse direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts would not occur.

The PSA serves as the staff's initial evaluation of the environmental, engineering, and public health and safety impacts of proposed power facilities. After 30-days of public comment and community workshops on the document, the Energy Commission will respond to all relevant comments and release its Final Staff Assessment (FSA). The FSA will serve as staff's testimony at the evidentiary hearings to be held in Orange County by the committee of two commissioners reviewing the case.

As part of the public comment period for the proposed plant, the Energy Commission will hold a joint public workshop with South Coast Air Quality Management District beginning at 1:00 p.m., May 21, 2009 at the City of Anaheim, City Hall Council Chambers, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805.

Project owner Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) proposes to develop the peaker facility to be ramped up only in times of high demand on a 10-acre parcel in the 3071 East Mira Loma Avenue in Anaheim, California.

The Canyon Power Project will employ four natural gas-fired combustion engines to provide maximum available electrical output during the summer for SCPPA members. The joint powers authority consists of 10 municipal utilities and irrigation district that deliver electricity to two million customers in the Southern California area.

Throughout the project's licensing review, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings in Orange County on the proposed plant to determine whether it should be certified for a license and under what set of conditions. More information on the Canyon Power Plant is available at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/canyon/

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