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

MEDIA ADVISORY

Attention Editors:

Public workshop to be held June 23 on the Preliminary Staff Assessment of the Tracy Combined Cycle Power Plant

Who: The staff of the California Energy Commission will hold a workshop on the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) of the 314-megawatt GWF Tracy Combined Cycle Power Plant. The public and all interested parties are urged to participate.

When: Starting at 10am, Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Where: Council Chambers, City Hall, 333 Civic Center Plaza, Tracy, California

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 project. The workshop will allow the applicant, staff, intervenors, interested agencies and the public to discuss the PSA. From the workshop dialogue and written comments received, Energy Commission staff will revise the document where appropriate and publish a Final Staff Assessment (FSA).

What: The project proposed by GWF Energy, LLC would convert its 169-megawatt Tracy Peaker plant into a 314-MW combined cycle power facility. The facility 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: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/tracyexpansion/

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