For Immediate Release: November 30, 2009
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Staff Assessment Out on Lodi Energy Center Project

(Sacramento) - The staff of the California Energy Commission has released its analysis of the proposed 255-megawatt Lodi Energy Center (LEC) power plant project and believes it can be permitted and constructed in a manner that would allow it to comply with environmental laws and state policies.

Air quality technical staff is waiting for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to complete its Notice of Final Determination of Compliance (FDOC), due to significant changes LEC made in turbine equipment. A public comment period will take place on the draft FDOC for any parties wishing to discuss the new proposed equipment.

Additionally, discussion and resolution of archeological resources will require final agreement at the upcoming workshop.

These and all other areas in the assessment process will be discussed at a Staff Assessment Workshop scheduled for December 14, 2009, at the California Energy Commission in Sacramento. It is expected that these open areas will be resolved at that time. An errata with completed information will be issued after the Staff Assessment Workshop.

The document provides the detailed environmental impact assessment required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). It represents the Energy Commission staff's thorough and independent assessment of the project's potential impacts on the environment, public health, and safety.

The Staff Assessment is not a decision or proposed decision on the planned facility. It will serve as staff's testimony at the evidentiary hearing on the project scheduled for January 5, 2010, by the hearing officer and the committee of two commissioners reviewing this case.

The proposed plant will be built by Northern California Power Agency on a site comprising approximately 4.4 acres adjacent to the City of Lodi's White Slough Water Pollution Control Facility. The project site is on rural land owned by the City of Lodi, and is approximately 6 miles west of the city center.

For more information on the Lodi Energy Center and to access the Staff Assessment, please visit: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/lodi/documents/

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