For Immediate Release: July 28, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Site visit and informational hearing
July 30 in Ceres for the Almond 2 Power Project

Attention City and Assignment Editors:

What: The California Energy Commission Committee assigned to the 174-megawatt Almond 2 Power Plant (A2PP) project in Stanislaus County will hold a site visit and informational hearing.

When: Thursday, July 30, 2009

Where: Community Center Building, City of Ceres, 2701 4th Street, Ceres, California

Transportation will be available to take participants at 4 pm from the Community Center to the site of the proposed plant. The bus will return to the building in time for the informational hearing at 5pm.

Who: Commissioner Julia Levin, presiding member of the committee that will ensure that the project meets the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act, will lead the site visit and informational hearing. These steps are the first in a formal process that allows the public, governmental agencies and other interested parties to participate in the review of the planned power plant.

Why: The A2PP proposed by the Turlock Irrigation District will be located on a 4.6-acre parcel adjacent to the district's existing 48 megawatt (MW) 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: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/almond/

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