For Immediate Release: November 5, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Proposed Decision Recommends License for Almond 2 Power Plant Project



SACRAMENTO - A California Energy Commission siting committee is recommending the approval of the planned Almond 2 Power Plant Project in Stanislaus County.

In its presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) released today, the committee said the 174-megawatt facility, as mitigated, will have no significant impacts on the environment and complies with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS).

The proposed decision was based solely on the record of facts, which were established during the facility's certification proceeding.

The PMPD is not a final decision on the project. The committee released the document for 30 days of public comment. The committee will consider input before bringing the proposed decision to the full Commission. The entire document can be found on the Commission's website at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/almond/documents/index.html

The PMPD determined that the record which contains a detailed environmental impact assessment required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was adequate. The record includes the Energy Commission staff's thorough and independent assessment of the project's potential impacts on the environment, public health, and safety.

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.

If approved by the Energy Commission, construction of the project would start in the fourth quarter of 2010, with commercial operations scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2011.



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