For Immediate Release: July 18, 2012
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Workshop and evidentiary hearing for Pio Pico Energy Center
to be held July 23

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission will be holding a workshop and evidentiary hearing for the proposed 300-megawatt Pio Pico Energy Center project.

When: Monday, July, 23, 2012, beginning at 11 a.m. for workshop and 2:30 p.m. for evidentiary hearing

Where: 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 following links:

Workshop - www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/piopico/notices/2012-07-23_Public_Notice_of_Staff_Workshop_TN-66215.pdf

Evidentiary hearing - www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/piopico/notices/2012-07-09_Notice_of_Prehearing_Conference_and_Evidentiary_Hearing.pdf

Why: Commission staff is holding the workshop to discuss noise and vibration, specifically staff's recommended condition of certification, Noise-4, which was in the final staff assessment for the project. The final staff assessment can be found at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/piopico/documents/

The workshop will be an opportunity for the applicant, staff, and intervenors to resolve the applicant's disagreement with the recommended condition.

The workshop is separate from the evidentiary hearing. The Commission committee reviewing the project is holding the hearing. The 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:
www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/piopico/

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