For Immediate Release: : July 1, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

Review starts for Almond 2 Power Project

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission has started the review of a proposed peaker power plant in Stanislaus County.

At a regular business meeting today, the Commission voted to accept the application for certification (AFC) of the Almond 2 Power Plant Project (A2PP) as "data adequate."

This means the Commission has received enough information from the applicant to begin the discovery and analysis phase of the certification process.

The Commission has named Energy Commissioner Julia Levin to lead the Committee to review the project. Commission Chairman Karen Douglas is the associate member.

The committee will make sure the project meets the Energy Commission's siting requirements as well as those of the California Environmental Quality Act. The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing thermal electric power plants, 50 MW and greater in California.

As lead agency under CEQA, the Commission through its facility certification process examines public health and safety, environmental impacts, and engineering aspects of proposed power plants and all related facilities, such as electric transmission lines and natural gas and water pipelines.

On May 11, 2009, Turlock Irrigation District (TID) submitted an Application for Certification (AFC) for the proposed A2PP located on a 4.6-acre parcel adjacent to the existing 48 megawatt (MW) TID Almond Power Plant (A1PP). The site is an industrial area, 2 miles from the Ceres city center and 5 miles from Modesto.

If approved by the Energy Commission, construction of the project would begin in the third quarter of 2010, continuing for about 12 months, with full-scale commercial operation targeted for the fourth quarter of 2011.

More information on the A2PP is available at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/almond/

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