For Immediate Release: August 26, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

CA Energy Commission Licenses East Bay Power Plant
Marsh Landing Generating Station to Begin in 2013


SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission approved the construction of the Marsh Landing Generating Station (MLGS) power plant project in Contra Costa County.

"By ensuring that this natural gas facility met all appropriate environmental, regulatory, and technical concerns, the Commission determined the energy needs of Bay Area will be balanced with protecting the local environment," said Vice Chair James Boyd.

Boyd served as the presiding member of the committee that reviewed the plant's application for certification.

In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Energy Commission adopted the presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) that recommended licensing the natural gas-fired 760-megawatt facility.

The PMPD said the facility as mitigated will have no significant impacts on the environment and complies with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards in 19 technical and resource areas. The proposed decision determined that the detailed environmental impact assessment required by the California Environmental Quality Act was adequate. It represents the Energy Commission staff's thorough and independent assessment of the project's potential impacts on the environment, public health, and safety.

The PMPD was based solely on the record of facts that was established during the facility's certification proceeding.

MLGS would be a quick-start, natural gas-fired, simple-cycle facility. Mirant Marsh Landing, LLC, a subsidiary of Mirant Corporation, would construct, own, and operate the plant. The project is located in Contra Costa County on a 27-acre site that is part of a larger industrial complex owned by Mirant Delta. Mirant Delta is also a subsidiary of Mirant Corporation. MLGS would be located immediately adjacent to Mirant Delta's existing Contra Costa Power Plant. PG&E's Gateway Generating Station is located east of the Contra Costa Power Plant.

Construction of the plant is scheduled to start in late 2010 with commercial operation beginning in the summer of 2013.



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