For Immediate Release: : June 24, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Attention Editors:
Pre-hearing conference June 30 for the Avenal Energy Project

What:The California Energy Commission Committee reviewing the proposed 600-megawatt Avenal Energy project in Kings County will hold a pre-hearing conference. Members of the public are invited attend.

When: Tuesday, June 30, beginning at 9am

Where: Hearing Room A, California Energy Commission 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento

Who: The pre-hearing conference is a public forum that will provide the Committee reviewing the proposed power plant an opportunity to assess the readiness of all parties for evidentiary hearing, identify areas of agreement and dispute and discuss procedures.

Why: The evidentiary hearing, scheduled in Avenal on July 7, 2009, will establish the factual record upon which the Commission will decide this case based on written or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding. Members of the public are welcome to attend both events. It is not necessary for anyone to be an intervenor or formal party to the proceeding to take part in the public process. However, only formal parties may present and cross-examine witnesses at the evidentiary hearing.

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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