For Immediate Release: May 17, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Evidentiary hearings and committee conference on May 19 and May 20 for Carlsbad Energy Center Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 558-megawatt Carlsbad Energy Center Project in northern San Diego County will hold a committee conference on the presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) in combination with evidentiary hearings.

When: Thursday, May 19, 2011, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and if needed, Friday, May 20, 2011, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Hilton Garden Inn, Wavecrest Ballroom, 6450 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad, California

People unable to attend the meeting can participate by telephone and/or by computer. Click the following link and scroll to page 6:

Why: The purpose of the committee conference is to consider oral and written comments from the parties, governmental agencies, and members of the public on the PMPD, which was issued May 9.

The purpose of the evidentiary hearings 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. The committee decided to reopen the record and conduct additional hearings on certain topics including lessons learned from the Kleen Energy and Palomar power plant fires and lessons learned from the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Another topic will be whether or not the Energy Commission should find that the project will serve an extraordinary public purpose. The "extraordinary public purpose" finding is required by the South Carlsbad Coastal Redevelopment Project Area Plan. The committee wants the parties to propose and discuss additional ideas about what would constitute an "extraordinary public purpose," which could include crafting a plan about what to do to remove the existing Encina Power Station when it is no longer needed.

What: The Carlsbad Energy Center Project is a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility being proposed by Carlsbad Energy Center LLC, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. The project will be built on a 23-acre portion of the existing Encina Power Station in Carlsbad. Existing steam boiler Units 1,2, and 3 at the Encina Power Station would be retired when the Carlsbad Energy Center Project is operational.

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