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Notice of Staff Data Response & Issue Resolution
Workshop for
Avenal Energy
(08-AFC-1)

The California Energy Commission will conduct a data response and issue resolution workshop for the Avenal Energy power generating facility on July 1, 2008. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss Avenal Power Center, LLC's responses to the Energy Commission's data requests and to facilitate the resolution of related issues and concerns. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate. The workshop will be held:

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2008
1:00 P.M.
REEF/SUNSET UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS
District Board Room
205 NORTH PARK AVENUE
AVENAL, CA 93204
Wheelchair Accessible
(Map to Location)

Purpose

The Energy Commission is currently reviewing Avenal Power Center, LLC's (Avenal Power) Application for Certification for the proposed development of Avenal Energy. To facilitate its review of the Application for Certification, the Energy Commission published data requests on May 22, 2008 for the following technical areas: air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, hazardous materials management, land use, soil and water resources, transmission system engineering, waste management, and worker safety/fire protection.

The July 1, 2008 Data Response and Issue Resolution Workshop will focus on Avenal Power's June 10, 2008 data responses, additional data responses to be provided by June 20, 2008 and the resolution of related issues and concerns. Following the workshop, staff will consider the responses and comments it receives, if necessary submit a second round of data requests, and publish a Preliminary Staff Assessment containing a preliminary analysis of issues and recommendations for mitigation and conditions of certification.

Background

On February 21, 2008, Avenal Power filed an Application for Certification with the Energy Commission for the Avenal Energy generating facility. Avenal Power is seeking Energy Commission approval to construct and operate a 600-megawatt (MW) generating facility in the city of Avenal in Kings County under the Commission's standard 12-month power plant licensing process. The proposed generating facility would use dry cooled, combined cycle technology, consisting of two natural gas-fired General Electric 7FA gas turbines with heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) and one General Electric steam turbine. If approved, the generating facility would be built on 25 acres of a 148-acre industrial zoned site located within the Avenal city limits, just south of the Fresno County line and approximately two miles east of Interstate 5.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office provides the public with assistance in participating in Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at: (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at: pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Questions

General information about the proposed generating facility and related documents are available on the Energy Commission's website at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/avenal/.

Please direct all news media inquiries to the Energy Commission's media office at (916) 654-4989 or e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us. For technical questions on the subject matter, please contact Christopher Meyer, Project Manager, at (916) 653-1639 or by e-mail at: cmeyer@energy.state.ca.us. If you are unable to attend the workshop, written comments may be sent to the Project Manager electronically or to the Energy Commission's street address shown on the letterhead of this notice.



Date Posted: June 18, 2008 ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
 

________/signed/_______
Terrence O'Brien, Deputy Director
Energy Facilities Siting Division

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