For Immediate Release: December 8, 2009
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Attention Editors:

Staff Assessment Workshop on Lodi Energy Center
to be held December 14

Sacramento - California Energy Commission staff will hold a public workshop on its staff assessment of the proposed Lodi Energy Center in northern San Joaquin County. The public is invited to participate.

When: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday, December 14, 2009.

Where: California Energy Commission, Hearing Room B, 1516 9th Street, Sacramento, CA.

Why: At the workshop, Energy Commission staff will receive comments on the staff's analysis from the applicant, public, intervenors in the proceeding, and local, state and federal agencies. Discussions will include all topics contained in the Staff Assessment, with a focus on air quality, biology, cultural resources, and visual resources. The workshop will provide an opportunity for agencies, other interested parties and the public to take part in the discussions.

What: In its Staff Assessment, the Commission staff recommended licensing the 255-megawatt Lodi Energy Center for construction. The Staff Assessment said the 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 Chairman Karen Douglas and Commissioner Jeffrey Byron, 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 is being proposed on a 4.4 acre site adjacent to the City of Lodi's White Slough Water Pollution Control Facility. If licensed by the Energy Commission, construction of the power facility from site preparation to commercial operation is expected to take approximately 24 months.

For information on how to participate in this proceeding, contact the Public Advisor's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by email at pao@energy.state.ca.us

More information on the proposed plant is available at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/lodi/

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