For Immediate Release: September 28, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Prehearing and evidentiary hearing to be held October 1 on Almond 2 Power Plant

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 174-megawatt Almond 2 Power Plant in Stanislaus County will hold a prehearing conference and evidentiary hearing. The public is invited to participate.

When: Friday, October 1, 2010, beginning at 9 a.m.

Where: Hearing Room B, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California. Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the following link and scroll to page 7: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/almond/notices/2010-10-01_PHC+EH_notice.pdf

Why: The prehearing conference will assess the parties' readiness for the evidentiary hearing. At the prehearing, all parties (staff, applicant, and interveners) will present their respective positions regarding the substantive topic areas ready for evidentiary hearing, the topics that require further analysis, the topic areas that have been resolved, and the topic areas that are disputed and require adjudication. The parties will also identify proposed witnesses and time required for direct testimony and/or cross-examination.

The purpose of the evidentiary hearing is to establish the factual record upon which the Commission will decide the case, based on written or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding.

After the hearing, the committee reviewing the project will consider the recommendations presented by staff, applicant, interveners, government agencies, and the public prior to proposing its decision to the full five-member Energy Commission for deliberation and final consideration.

What: The Almond 2 Power Plant, proposed by the Turlock Irrigation District, is a natural gas-fired, simple-cycle peaking facility with a gross generating capacity of 174 megawatts.

The proposed plant will be located on a 4.6-acre site about two miles from the city center of Ceres and five miles from Modesto. The site is next to the existing 48-megawatt Almond Power Plant that the Turlock Irrigation District operates.

More information on the proposed project is here: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/almond/

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