For Immediate Release: April 30, 2010
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Energy Commission staff releases
assessment of power plant in Ceres


(Sacramento) -- The staff of the California Energy Commission has completed its analysis of the proposed Almond 2 Power Plant Project (A2PP) in Stanislaus County.

In its Staff Assessment (SA) of the proposed 174-megawatt peaker plant, Energy Commission staff said the facility as currently proposed, including the applicant and the staff's proposed mitigation measures and the staff's proposed conditions of certification, will comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS).

The entire document and more information about the project is available on the Energy Commission's website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/almond/documents/

The SA contains staff's independent assessments of the planned project's impacts on the environment, public health and safety and measures proposed to mitigate these impacts. The document also includes the engineering design of the project, including alternatives, and measures proposed to ensure that the project could be constructed and operated safely and reliably until its closure.

The SA 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 to be scheduled by the Commission's hearing office and the committee of two commissioners reviewing this case.

The project will be owned and operated by the Turlock Irrigation District (TID) and is planned on a 4.6-acre parcel adjacent to the district's existing 48 megawatt (MW) TID Almond Power Plant. The site is an industrial area, 2 miles from the Ceres city center and 5 miles from Modesto.

If approved by the Energy Commission, construction of the project would begin in the fourth quarter of 2010, continuing for about 12 months, with full-scale commercial operation targeted for the fourth quarter of 2011.



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