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


Pre-hearing conference and evidentiary hearing November 2
for the Canyon Energy Project

What: The California Energy Commission Committee reviewing the proposed 200-megawatt Canyon Power Plant project in Orange County will hold a pre-hearing conference and likely evidentiary hearing. Members of the public are invited attend.

When: Beginning at 10am, Monday, November 2, 2009

Where: Hearing Room B, California Energy Commission 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento

Who: The pre-hearing conference is a public forum that will enable the Committee reviewing the proposed power plant to assess the readiness of formal parties for the evidentiary hearing. At the pre-hearing, the parties will present their positions on topic areas ready for evidentiary hearing and those topics that require further analysis, including the nature of, and time frame for, any such analysis; the topic areas that have been resolved; and the topic areas that are disputed and require adjudication.

The parties will also identify proposed witnesses, as well as the time required for direct testimony and/or cross- examination.

If the Committee led by Commissioner Jeffrey Byron finds that the parties are ready to proceed to hearing, the evidentiary hearing will begin immediately after the prehearing conference.

Why: The evidentiary hearing will establish the factual record upon which the Commission will decide this case based on written or documentary evidence from the formal parties to the proceeding. Members of the public are welcome to attend. It is not necessary for anyone to be an intervenor or formal party to the proceeding to take part in the public process. However, only formal parties may present and cross-examine witnesses at the evidentiary hearing.

In its final staff assessment (FSA), Energy Commission staff said the natural gas-fired peaker facility, to be located in Anaheim in a designated industrial zone, conforms to all laws, ordinances, regulations and standards (LORS). With the effective implementation of the proposed conditions of certification, the plant can be constructed and operated safely and reliably, according to the FSA.

If licensed by the Energy Commission, construction of the $200-million power facility from site preparation, demolition, and grading to commercial operation is expected to take approximately 12 months.

More information on the Canyon Power Plant project is available on the Energy Commission website at:

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