For Immediate Release: September 28, 2009
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Attention Editors:
 
Site Visit and Informational Hearing October 1 on
Mariposa Energy Project near Byron

What: The California Energy Commission Committee reviewing the proposed 200-megawatt Mariposa Energy Project in northeastern Alameda County will hold a site visit and informational hearing.

When: Starting 4pm, Thursday, October 1, 2009

Where: Byron Bethany Irrigation District, 7995 Bruns Rd, Byron, California, 94514

Free transportation will be available to take participants at 4pm from the Byron Bethany Irrigation District building 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 planned Mariposa Energy Project would be located approximately seven miles northwest of the City of Tracy, seven miles east of Livermore, six miles south of Byron, and approximately 2.5 miles west of the community of Mountain House in San Joaquin County. The proposed project site in northeastern Alameda County is in an unincorporated area designated for agricultural use.

If approved by the Energy Commission, construction of the project would begin in the third quarter of 2011, continuing for about 14 months. Pre-operational testing of the facility would begin in the first quarter of 2012 with full-scale commercial operation commencing third quarter 2012.

More information on the Mariposa Energy Project is available at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/mariposa/.

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