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Notice of Preliminary Staff Assessment Workshop for Avenal Energy (08-AFC-1)

The California Energy Commission Staff will conduct a workshop on the proposed Avenal Energy Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA). The workshop will provide an opportunity for agencies, the public and other interested parties to present questions and comments on the PSA. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate. The workshop will be held

3:30-5:30 PM and 6-7 PM (recap)
Reef-Sunset Unified School District Headquarters
District Board Room
205 N. Park Avenue
Avenal, CA 93204
(Wheelchair Accessible)
Remote Access Instructions

Discussion Topics: All topics in the PSA with a focus on Air Quality, Biology, Cultural Resources, Land Use and Traffic and Transportation.


California Energy Commission staff recently filed its PSA on the Avenal Energy Application for Certification (AFC). The purpose of this PSA workshop is to receive comments on staff's analysis from the applicant, public, intervenors in the proceeding, and local, state and federal agencies. Environmental and engineering related topics and any outstanding issues will be discussed. Discussions will include all topics contained in the PSA with a focus on: Air Quality, Biology, Cultural Resources, Land Use, and Traffic and Transportation. Comments will be used to revise the PSA and complete the Final Staff Assessment which will become staff's testimony in evidentiary hearings. Public comments on the PSA are welcome and encouraged to be submitted in writing by March 4, 2009, to Ivor Benci-Woodward, Project Manager, at the address on this letterhead.


On February 21, 2008, Avenal Power LLC 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. 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 approximately 34 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, Nick Bartsch at: (916) 654-4701, or toll free at(800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at: If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.


General information about the proposed generating facility and related documents are available on the Energy Commission's website at Please direct all news media inquiries to the Energy Commission's media office at (916) 654-4989 or e-mail at For technical questions on the subject matter, please contact Ivor Benci-Woodward, Project Manager, at (916) 654-3991 or by e-mail at: 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: February 4, 2009

TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Siting, Transmission and
Environmental Protection Division

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District Board Room
3:30-5:30 PM and 6-7 PM (recap)
AVENAL, CA 93204
Wheelchair Accessible

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Remote Access Directions:

Instructions to Connect via Telephone Only (No Computer Access)

  1. Call: 1-866-469-3239
  2. When prompted enter this meeting number: 928 849 274
  3. When it asks for Attendee ID press: #

Instructions to Connect via Computer Logon with a Direct Phone Number

  1. Go to and enter the unique meeting number: 925 070 536
  2. When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password: SITING123!
  3. After you login, a prompt will appear on-screen for you to provide your phone number. In the Number box, type your area code and phone number and click OK to receive a call back on your phone for the audio of the meeting. International callers can use the "Country/Region" button to help make their connection.

Computer Logon for Callers with an Extension Phone Number, etc.:

  1. Please go to and enter the unique meeting number 925 070 536
  2. When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password SITING123!
  3. After you login, a prompt will ask for your phone number. CLICK CANCEL.
  4. Instead call 1-866-469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada). When prompted, enter the meeting number above and your unique Attendee ID number which is listed in the top left area of your screen after you login. International callers can dial in using the "Show all global call-in numbers" link (also in the top left area).

If you have difficulty joining the meeting, please call the WebEx Technical Support number at 1-866-229-3239. Please be aware that the meeting's WebEx audio and on-screen activity may be recorded.