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


Preliminary staff assessment released for the planned
GWF Tracy Combined Cycle Power Plant

What: The California Energy Commission has released a Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) of the 314-megawatt GWF Tracy Combined Cycle Power Plant.

When: Today, Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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

Why: In the PSA, staff said several issues in the areas of air quality, biological resources and traffic and transportation will have to be resolved as the review of the project continues.

Otherwise, the facility, as currently planned, along with staff and the plant owner's proposed mitigation measures and staff's proposed conditions of certification, would conform to all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and standards (LORS).

The PSA serves as the Commission staff's initial evaluation of the environmental, engineering, and public health and safety impacts of the proposed power facility. 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).

On October 10, 2008, the Commission found data adequate, California based GWF Tracy LLC's application for certification (AFC) to upgrade and convert its 169-megawatt Tracy Peaker plant into a 314-MW combined cycle power facility.

Data adequacy started the review process for the plant's expansion by a committee of two commissioners. Energy Commission Chairman Karen Douglas serves as the presiding member of that committee, with Commissioner Arthur Rosenfeld as associate member.

The new project would occupy a 16.38-acre, fenced site within the existing GWF-owned 40-acre parcel in an unincorporated portion of San Joaquin County, just southwest of Tracy.

If approved, construction of GWF Tracy could begin in early spring of 2010 and be completed in late spring of 2012. More information on GWF Tracy Combined Cycle Power Plant is available at:

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