For Immediate Release: December 20, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Preliminary Staff Assessment Released on Oakley Generating Station Project

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today released Part A of the preliminary staff assessment for the proposed 624-megawatt Oakley Generating Station Project in Contra Costa County.

In Part A of the preliminary staff assessment (PSA), staff concluded that with the implementation of recommended mitigation measures described in the conditions of certification, the proposed project would comply with all laws, ordinances, regulations and standards in the areas of cultural resources, noise and vibration, public health, transmission line safety and nuisance, visual resources, waste management, worker safety, facility design, geology and paleontology, power plant efficiency and power plant reliability.

Part A of the PSA is available at

The areas of alternatives, air quality, biological resources, land use, socioeconomic resources, soil and water resources, traffic and transportation and transmission system engineering will be addressed in Part B of the PSA, which is anticipated to be released January 2011.

The PSA serves as the staff's initial evaluation of the environmental, engineering and public health and safety impacts of the proposed facility. The PSA is not a decision nor does it contain final findings of the Energy Commission related to the environmental impacts or the project's compliance with local, state and federal legal requirements. There will be a public comment period and a workshop on the PSA. After both parts of the PSA are issued, a final staff assessment (FSA) will be released. The FSA will serve as staff's testimony at evidentiary hearings by the committee of two commissioners reviewing the proposed project.

The Oakley Generating Station Project is being proposed by Contra Costa County Generating Station, LLC, a limited liability corporation owned by Radback Energy, Inc. The project is a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle electrical generating facility. The project is located on a 21.95-acre site in the city of Oakley in eastern Contra Costa County.

More information about the project can be found at:

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