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On November 6, 2006, Bullard Energy Center, LLC (BEC), submitted an Application for Certification (AFC) to construct and operate a simple-cycle (peaking) power plant, the Bullard Energy Center, in the City of Fresno. On January 2, 2007, BEC provided a supplement to the AFC to satisfy the Energy Commission's informational requirements. On January 3, 2006, the Energy Commission accepted the AFC with the supplemental information as complete. The staff of the Energy Commission has now begun the data discovery and analysis phases of the project's 12-month licensing process.

Project Description

The proposed Bullard Energy Center would be a 200 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired peaking power plant to be located in the City of Fresno. The Bullard Energy Center is designed as a peaking facility to meet electric generation load during periods of high demand. The proposed BEC plant site, a 12.3-acre parcel, is located at 5829 North Golden State Boulevard, in the City of Fresno. The proposed project will connect to a PG&E natural gas pipeline approximately 1.8 miles west of the site and will require that approximately two miles of the existing 230 kV transmission line be re-conductored.

Energy Commission's Facility Certification Process

The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing and ultimately approving or denying all thermal electric power plants, 50 MW and greater, proposed for construction in California. The Energy Commission's facility certification process carefully examines public health and safety, environmental impacts, and engineering aspects of proposed power plants, and all related facilities such as electric transmission lines and natural gas pipelines. The Energy Commission is the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Public Participation

Over the coming months, the Energy Commission will conduct a number of public workshops and hearings on the proposal to determine whether the project should be approved for construction and operation and, if so, under what set of conditions. These workshops will provide the public as well as local, state and federal agencies the opportunity to ask questions about, and provide input on, the proposed project. An Informational Hearing and Site Visit will be held in the City of Fresno with details on the date, time and location to be provided by the Commission in a separate mailing. The Energy Commission will issue notices for all workshops and hearings at least 10 days prior to the meeting.

If you want information on how you can participate in the Energy Commission's review of the project, please contact Margret Kim, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 (toll free in California at (800) 822-6228), or by email at pao@energy.state.ca.us. Technical or project schedule questions should be directed to Mary Dyas, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 651-8891, or by e-mail at mdyas@energy.state.ca.us. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989 or email to media@energy.state.ca.us. The status of the project, copies of notices, an electronic version of the AFC and supplemental information, and other relevant documents are also available on the Energy Commission's Internet web site at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/bullard/index.html. You can also subscribe to receive e-mail notification of all notices at http://www.energy.ca.gov/listservers/index.html.

This notice of receipt has been mailed to all parties that requested placement on the mailing list and to property owners located within 1000 feet of the project site and 500 feet of the transmission line. By being on the mailing list, you will receive notices of all project-related activities and notices when documents related to the project's evaluation are available for review. If you want your name removed from the mailing list, please contact Joann Gonzales, Project Secretary, at (916) 653-1640, or by e-mail at jgonzale@energy.state.ca.us.

Availability of the AFC and AFC Supplement

Copies of the AFC and AFC Supplement are available for public inspection at the following Fresno County public libraries:

Fresno Central Library
2420 Mariposa Street
Fresno, CA 93721

Fig Garden Regional Library
3071 West Bullard Avenue
Fresno, CA 93711

Gillis Branch Library
629 West Dakota Avenue
Fresno, CA 93705

Pinedale Branch Library
7170 North San Pablo Avenue
Pinedale, CA 93650

Copies are also available at the Energy Commission's Library in Sacramento, the California State Library in Sacramento, and at public libraries in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Eureka. In addition, copies will be distributed to those public agencies that would normally have jurisdiction except for the Energy Commission's exclusive authority to certify sites and related facilities.

Date Posted: January 04, 2007. Sincerely,

Roger E. Johnson, Manager
Energy Facilities Siting and Compliance Office

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