NOTICE OF PUBLIC SITE VISIT AND INFORMATIONAL HEARING
On November 6, 2006, E&L Westcoast, LLC ("Applicant"), filed an Application for Certification (AFC) with the California Energy Commission to construct and operate the Colusa Generating Station. The proposed project is a nominal 660-megawatt (MW) combined cycle power plant facility consisting of two natural-gas-fired turbine generators, one steam turbine generator, an electric switchyard, and associated equipment. The facility will be located approximately 14 miles north of Williams and 4 miles west of I-5, west of the Glenn-Colusa Bridge and Dirks Road in Colusa County. The Energy Commission has exclusive jurisdiction to license this project and is considering the proposal under a twelve-month review process established by Public Resources Code section 25540.6.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Energy Commission has designated a Committee of two commissioners to conduct proceedings on the application. The Committee has scheduled a public Site Visit and Informational Hearing to discuss the proposed project as described below:
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2007
Site Visit begins (bus leaves) at 3:15 p.m.
Public Informational Hearing begins at 5:00 p.m.
391 6th Street
Williams, CA 95987
Prior to the informational hearing, members of the public are invited to join the Committee on a tour of the proposed site. The Applicant will provide transportation to and from the project site. For reservations, please contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (916) 654-4489 or 1-800-822-6228 or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make your reservation on or before January 22 so that we can assure you a space.
On December 13, 2006, the Energy Commission began review of the proposed Colusa Generating Station. The review process will take approximately twelve months. During the review period, the Energy Commission will determine whether the proposed project complies with applicable laws related to public health and safety, environmental impacts, and engineering requirements. The informational hearing scheduled by this Notice is sponsored by the Energy Commission to inform the public about the project and to invite public participation in the review process.
The Colusa Generating Station is a nominal 660 MW combined cycle power plant, proposed to be constructed in an agriculturally zoned area in Colusa County. It consists of two 170 MW General Electric 7FA natural-gas-fired turbine generators, one 320 MW steam turbine generator, an electric switch yard and associated equipment. Construction is planned to start in spring 2008 and commercial operation is planned by late spring 2010. The Applicant plans to transfer the ownership and operation of the proposed power plant to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) after completion of a generation testing and commissioning period.
The proposed project site is located on 31 acres within a 100-acre site leased by the Applicant. The site is on the Holthouse Ranch property approximately 14 miles north of Williams and 4 miles west of I-5, west of the Glenn-Colusa Bridge and Dirks Road in Colusa County. It is adjacent to an existing PG&E gas compressor station. The site is currently designated Agriculture General (A-G) in the county general plan and zoned Exclusive-Agriculture (E-A) in the county's zoning ordinance. The 100-acre site would accommodate a 43-acre temporary construction laydown and parking area.
Four double-circuit 230 kV lines that would connect to PG&E's existing 230 kV north-south transmission lines located approximately 1,800 feet east of the project site. Twelve new double-circuit lattice transmission towers would be installed connecting the proposed project's new switchyard to the Independent System Operator controlled grid.
The project would be fueled by natural gas delivered via a new 8 inch, 1,500-foot pipeline to be owned and operated by PG&E. This new gas line would connect to the existing PG&E gas compressor facility east of the proposed power plant.
Dry cooling technology is proposed for turbine cooling. Water needs for the plant would be provided by the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District via the Tehama-Colusa Canal, which is located to the west of the project site. The proposed water usage is estimated to be 126.1 acre-feet annually, and the facility would use a zero liquid discharge wastewater system.
Air emissions from the proposed facility would be controlled using best available control technology applied to each turbine's exhaust. Each system would consist of a selective catalytic reduction unit, using aqueous ammonia for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) control and an oxidation catalyst unit for carbon monoxide (CO) and precursor organic compounds control.
The engineering and environmental details of the proposed project are contained in the Application for Certification (AFC). Copies of the AFC are available at the local public agencies that are involved in the review process and at the following libraries: Colusa County Library; the Energy Commission's Library in Sacramento, the California State Library in Sacramento, and at public libraries in Eureka, San Francisco, Fresno, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Purpose of the Informational Hearing
The power plant licensing process, which incorporates requirements equivalent to the California Environmental Quality Act, considers all relevant engineering and environmental aspects of the proposed project. The licensing review provides a public forum allowing the Applicant, Commission staff, governmental agencies, adjacent landowners, and members of the general public to consider the advantages and disadvantages of the project, and to propose changes, mitigation measures, and alternatives as necessary.
The informational hearing scheduled in this Notice provides an opportunity for members of the community in the project vicinity to obtain information, to offer comments, and to view the project site. The Applicant will explain plans for developing the project and the related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the administrative licensing process and Staff's role in reviewing the application.
Proposed Schedule and Issue Identification Report
To assist participants in understanding the process, Energy Commission staff shall file a proposed schedule for project review. Staff shall also file an Issue Identification Report summarizing the major issues. Staff's report shall indicate whether Applicant's data responses have been timely and what additional information is necessary to resolve issues of concern. The proposed schedule and Staff's report shall be filed by 5 p.m. on January 19, 2007. The Applicant shall file its response, if any, by 5 p.m. on January 23, 2007.
Copies of these documents will be posted on the Energy Commission's Internet web page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/colusa/.
Public Adviser and Public Participation
The Energy Commission's Public Adviser is available to assist the public in participating in the application review process. For those individuals who require general information on how to participate, please contact the Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (916) 654-4489 or 1-800-822-6228 or e-mail: email@example.com. If you have a disability and need assistance to participate in this event, contact Lourdes Quiroz at 916-654-5146 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Jack Caswell, the Staff Project Manager, at (916) 653-0062 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Paul Kramer, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-5103 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications at (916) 654-4989 or e-mail at: email@example.com.
Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, may be viewed on the Energy Commission's Internet web page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/colusa/.
|Dated January 8, 2007, at Sacramento, California.||
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