For Immediate Release: November 30, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Attention Editors:

Final Staff Assessment workshop on Carlsbad Energy Center to be held December 2

Sacramento - Energy Commission staff will hold a public workshop on the air quality and public health aspects of its final staff assessment (FSA) on the proposed Carlsbad Energy Center in northern San Diego County. The public is invited to participate.

When: 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, 2009.

Where: Sheraton Carlsbad, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad, California.

Why: At the workshop, Energy Commission staff will receive comments on the FSA as it relates to air quality and public health. Representatives of the San Diego Air Pollution Control District will attend and comment on the district's Final Determination of Compliance on the proposed facility. The workshop will provide an opportunity for agencies, other interested parties and the public to take part in the discussions.

What: In its FSA, Commission staff recommended licensing the 558-megawatt Carlsbad Energy Center for construction. The FSA said the combined cycle facility would conform to all laws, ordinances, regulations and standards if licensed with the conditions requiring mitigation by staff.

After the workshop, the Energy Commission Committee assigned to hear this case will schedule a pre-hearing conference and conduct evidentiary hearings. During the hearings, the Committee comprised of Commission Vice-Chair James D. Boyd and Commission Chairman Karen Douglas, will consider the recommendations presented by staff, applicant, intervenors, government agencies, and the public prior to proposing its decision to the full five-member Energy Commission for deliberation and final consideration.

The natural gas powered project in the city of Carlsbad is being proposed on a 23-acre portion of the existing Encina Power Station also owned by NRG Energy. If licensed by the Energy Commission, construction of the power facility from site preparation, demolition and grading to commercial operation is expected to take approximately 25 months.

More information on the proposed plant is available at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/carlsbad/

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