For Immediate Release: July 5, 2012
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Prehearing conference and evidentiary hearing for Pio Pico Energy Center

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 300-megawatt Pio Pico Energy Center project will hold a prehearing conference and evidentiary hearing.

When: Monday, July 9, 2012, beginning at 9 a.m. for prehearing conference
Monday, July 23, 2012, beginning at 2:30 p.m. for evidentiary hearing

Where: Prehearing conference - California Energy Commission, Hearing Room A, 1516 Ninth Street,
Sacramento, California
Evidentiary hearing - Chula Vista City Hall, Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Avenue,
Chula Vista, California

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the meetings to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the link and scroll to page 9:

Why: The prehearing conference will assess the parties' (staff, applicant, and intervenors) readiness for the evidentiary hearing. The committee will identify areas of agreement or dispute and discuss the schedule and procedures needed to conclude the certification process.

The evidentiary hearing will 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.

What: Pio Pico Energy Center, LLC, is the applicant for the peaker power project, which 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 project is estimated to be $300 million. If the Commission approves the project, 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 project is available at:

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