For Immediate Release: September 23, 2009
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Review Starts for Contra Costa Generating Station

SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission has started the review of a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle electrical generating facility on a 21.95-acre site in the City of Oakley, in eastern Contra Costa County.

At a regular business meeting today, the Commission voted unanimously to accept the application for certification (AFC) of the 624-megawatt Contra Costa Generating Station as complete or "data adequate." On June 30, 2009, Contra Costa Generating Station, LLC submitted an Application for Certification for the proposed project to the California Energy Commission.

Data adequacy 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 James Boyd to lead the committee to review the project. Energy Commission Chairman Karen Douglas will be the associate committee member.

The committee will ensure the project meets the Energy Commission's siting requirements, as well as those of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). 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.

If approved by the Energy Commission, construction on the project would begin in the first quarter of 2011, with full-scale commercial operation targeted for the fourth quarter of 2013.

More information on the Contra Costa Generating Station is available at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/contracosta/

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