For Immediate Release: March 24, 2010
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Energy Commission approves Tracy power plant expansion

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today approved the conversion of an existing power plant in San Joaquin County.

By a unanimous vote, the Energy Commission adopted the presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) that recommended granting a license to convert the 169-megawatt Tracy Peaker Plant to a 314-MW combined cycle facility called the Tracy Combined Cycle Power Plant (GWF Tracy).

Commission Chairman Karen Douglas who led the committee that reviewed the plant's application for certification issued the PMPD on February 14, 2010.

The PMPD was based solely on the record of facts established during the facility's certification proceeding. According to the document, the GWF Tracy project would comply with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and standards if specified conditions are implemented. These conditions are required to protect public health and safety, the environment and energy resources.

The expanded power project in Tracy would occupy a 16.38-acre, fenced site in an unincorporated portion of San Joaquin County immediately southwest of Tracy, within the existing 40-acre parcel owned by the applicant, GWF Power Systems of Pittsburg, California.

Construction of the MWF Tracy plant could begin in the fall of 2010, with commercial operation expected in April 2013 to bring enough electricity for 235,000 to 314,000 average California homes.

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