For Immediate Release: March 1, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

Final Staff Assessment Released for Proposed Oakley Generating Station Project

SACRAMENTO - A California Energy Commission final staff assessment (FSA) was released today for the proposed Oakley Generating Station Project in Contra Costa County.

In the FSA, Energy Commission staff concludes that with the implementation of staff's recommended mitigation measures described in the conditions of certification, the proposed 624-megawatt plant conforms to all laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS), and would not result in any significant environmental impacts.

The FSA is not a decision or a proposed decision on the project. The document is available at the Commission's website at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/oakley/documents/

The document represents the Energy Commission staff's independent assessment of the project's potential impacts on the environment, public health and safety, and its compliance with all LORS. The FSA provides the detailed environmental impact assessment required by the California Environmental Quality Act.

The document will serve as the Energy Commission's staff's testimony at evidentiary hearings that the committee of two commissioners reviewing the proposed project will hold. Following the hearings, the committee will prepare the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision, and after a 30-day comment period, will recommend to the full Energy Commission about whether or not to approve the proposed project.

The Oakley Generating Station Project is being proposed by Contra Costa 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: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/oakley/

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