For Immediate Release: January 14, 2010
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Prehearing on Carlsbad Energy Center to be held January 21

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission Committee reviewing the proposed Carlsbad Energy Center in northern San Diego County will hold a prehearing conference. The public is invited to participate.

When: Beginning at 9am, Thursday, January 21, 2010.

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

People unable to attend the conference in person can call to participate at: 1-800-369-2055. The passcode is WORKSHOP. The Conference Leader is: "Mr. Paul Kramer."

Why: The prehearing conference publicly noticed the first time on December 8, 2009 was revised and publicly noticed again on December 21, 2009 to include a teleconference number for people unable to attend in person and clarifications to questions received by the hearing officer for the project.

The conference is a public forum where the Committee will assess the parties' readiness for the evidentiary hearings in Carlsbad on February 1-2, 2010 and (February 3-4, 2010 if necessary), identify areas of agreement or dispute, and discuss the remaining schedule and procedures necessary to conclude the certification process. The evidentiary hearings, will establish the factual record upon which the Commission will decide this case, based on written or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding.

In its Final Staff Assessment (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.

Who: After the evidentiary 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.

What: 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:

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