For Immediate Release: July 2, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Attention Editors:
Evidentiary hearing July 7 on Avenal Energy project

The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the 600-megawatt Avenal Energy project will hold an evidentiary hearing. Members of the public are welcome to attend and offer comments.

When: Tuesday, July 7, beginning at 10 a.m.
Public comment will be received at various times during the hearing and at the public comment period starting at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Avenal Superior Court, 501 E. Kings Street, Avenal, California.

Who: It is not necessary for anyone to be an intervener (formal party to the proceedings) to take part in the public process. However, only formal parties may present and cross-examine witnesses at the evidentiary hearing.

Why: The evidentiary hearing, publicly noticed on June 16, 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.

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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