For Immediate Release: December 15, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Energy Commission Licenses Central Valley Power Plant
174-Megawatt Project Approved Near Modesto

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today approved the construction of the 174-megawatt Almond 2 Power Plant Project in Stanislaus County.

"I am pleased that the Energy Commission has licensed another efficient natural gas plant, which together with a growing number of licensed renewable power plants will make California's electricity system cleaner and more efficient," said Energy Commission Chairman Karen Douglas, who served as the presiding member of the committee that reviewed the plant's application for certification.

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

The PMPD said the facility, as mitigated, will have no significant impacts on the environment and complies with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards.

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

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 of electricity. One megawatt is equivalent to powering 750 single family homes.

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