For Immediate Release: January 28, 2010
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Attention Editors:
Evidentiary hearings to be held February 1-4 for the Carlsbad Energy Center

What: The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed Carlsbad Energy Center project in northern San Diego County will hold evidentiary hearings. The public is invited to participate and offer comments.

When: Monday, February 1, 2010
Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Public comment period begins at 6pm.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Beginning at 9 a.m. Public comment period begins at 6pm.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Beginning at 9 a.m.

Thursday, February 4, 2010
Beginning at 9 a.m.

Where: Wavecrest Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, 6450 Carlsbad Blvd,
Carlsbad, California

Who: The evidentiary hearings will establish the factual record upon which the committee will decide on the case based on written or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding. It is not necessary for anyone to be an intervener (formal party) to take part in the public process. However, only formal parties may present and cross-examine witnesses at the evidentiary hearings. Following the hearings, the Committee comprised of Commission Vice-Chair James D. Boyd and Commissioner Anthony Eggert, will consider the recommendations presented by Energy Commission staff, the plant applicant, interveners, government agencies, and the public prior to proposing its decision to the full five-member Energy Commission for deliberation and final consideration.

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.

The natural gas powered project in the city of Carlsbad is being proposed on a 23-acre portion of the existing Encina Power Station 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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