For Immediate Release: February 27, 2012
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Workshop to be held March 1 for Pio Pico Energy Center

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop for the proposed Pio Pico Energy Center project.

When: Thursday, March 1, 2012, beginning at 10 a.m.

Where: Chula Vista City Hall, Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, California.

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the workshop to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the link and scroll to page 2: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/piopico/notices/2012-03-01_Notice_of_Staff_Workshop_TN-63672.pdf

Why: The workshop is being held to discuss various aspects of the preliminary staff assessment (PSA) for the project. The topics that may be discussed include air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geological resources, hazardous materials, land use, noise, public health, socioeconomics, soil resources, traffic & transportation, transmission line safety & nuisance, transmission system engineering, water resources, visual resources, waste management, worker safety and fire protection, and engineering and facility design.

The workshop is an opportunity for the applicant and staff to resolve any potential issues. Various agencies, the public and other interested parties also can ask questions and comment on the PSA and the project.

What: Pio Pico Energy Center, LLC, is the applicant for the proposed 300-megawatt peaker power plant. The plant is a natural gas-fired, simple-cycle electrical generating facility. The proposed project site is located at the intersection of Alta Road and Calzada de la Fuente in an unincorporated area of southwestern San Diego County. The 10-acre site is next to the Otay Mesa Generating Project.

The capital cost for the Pio Pico Energy Center project is estimated to be $300 million. If the project is approved, construction would last 16 months with the work starting February 2013 and commercial operation by May 2014. The project would require an average of 148 workers during construction, with a peak of 284 needed during the eighth month. Twelve employees would be needed when the project is operating, according to the applicant.

More information on the Pio Pico Energy Center is available at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/piopico/index.html

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