For Immediate Release: : June 18, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Attention Editors:

Workshop on the Final Staff Assessment
for the Avenal Energy project to be held June 23rd

Who: The staff of the California Energy Commission will hold a public workshop on the final staff assessment (FSA) of the planned Avenal Energy project in Kings County. The public and all interested parties are invited to participate.

When: 2pm to 7 pm Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The workshop will occur from 2:00-5:30 p.m. A summary of the meeting will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. to make public participation possible after work hours.

Where: Reef-Sunset Unified School District 205 N. Park Avenue, Avenal, California

What: In the FSA, Commission staff said the 600-megawatt facility conforms to all laws, ordinances, regulations and standards (LORS). With the effective implementation of the proposed conditions of certification, the plant can be constructed and operated safely and reliably, said the document.

Why: The FSA will serve as staff's testimony at an evidentiary hearing currently scheduled for July 7, 2009 by the hearing officer and the committee of two commissioners reviewing this case.

This workshop is being held to discuss the FSA and further encourage public participation, as it relates to the proposed Avenal Energy Project and the Energy Commission's permitting process. The workshop will provide an opportunity for agencies, the public and other interested parties to present questions and comments on the document.

Project owner Avenal Power Center, LLC of Houston, Texas plans to develop the Avenal Energy project on 34 acres of a 148-acre site zoned for industrial use just south of the Fresno County line and two miles east of Interstate 5. The proposed project is six miles from the City of Avenal's residential and commercial districts.

If licensed by the Energy Commission, the $530-million power facility will begin construction in April 2010, with initial startup in October 2011 and full commercial operation by June 2012.

More information on the Avenal Energy project is available on the Energy Commission website at:

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