[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission



In the Matter of:                 )     Docket No. 98-AFC-3
                                  )
Application for Certification     )     NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL 
for the Delta Energy Center       )     HEARING and SITE VISIT
[Calpine Corporation and Bechtel  )		
Enterprises, Inc.]                ) 	 	
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I. INFORMATIONAL HEARING

The Committee designated to conduct proceedings on the Application for Certification for the DELTA ENERGY CENTER will hold an INFORMATIONAL HEARING and SITE VISIT as follows:

MONDAY, MARCH 22, 1999
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
East County Boys and Girls Club
Community Room
1001 Stoneman Avenue
Pittsburg, California 94565
[Wheelchair Accessible]


The Informational Hearing will convene at 4 p.m. and then recess to allow for a Site Visit during daylight hours. Bus transportation to the site will leave from the East County Boys and Girls Club at 4:30 p.m. Following the Site Visit, the buses will return to the East County Boys and Girls Club, and the Informational Hearing will reconvene at approximately 6 p.m.

Landowners, members of the general public, and interested agencies are invited to attend this event, or any portion of this event, and question the Applicant and Energy Commission staff concerning the project. The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, will be present to assist interested individuals or organizations and to provide information on participating in the Commission's certification process. She may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228 or e-mail: pao@energy.state.ca.us


Project Description

The Application for Certification proposes to develop an 880 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired cogeneration power plant in eastern Contra Costa County. The Delta Energy Center will be located in the City of Pittsburg on a 20-acre site within a 139-acre parcel of land owned by the Dow Chemical Company, north of the Pittsburg-Antioch Highway, on the west side of Arcy Lane, and adjacent to the Delta Diablo Sanitation DistrictÕs Administration Building. (See attached map).

The project consists of three combustion turbine generators, three heat recovery steam generators with duct burners, and a steam turbine generator. A new, 3.3-mile, 230 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line will interconnect with the existing PG&E substation. The line will be above ground as it runs in front of USS POSCO, then will transition to underground along 8th Street. A new 5.3-mile natural gas pipeline will be constructed to provide fuel for the project. It will be placed in the existing Dow Chemical right-of-way along the Santa Fe Railroad and will connect to PG&EÕs Antioch natural gas terminal. Water for the cooling towers will be treated wastewater from the Delta Diablo Sanitation District. The engineering and environmental details of the proposed project are contained in the Application for Certification.

Electrical energy produced by this proposed "merchant" power plant will be sold in California's newly created electricity market. (A merchant plant is built with private funding, without creating any direct financial liability for electricity consumers.) Approximately 860 MW of electricity will be sold on the deregulated electricity market through the California Power Exchange and other power marketers. As a cogenerator, the proposed power plant will also provide approximately 200,000 pounds per hour of saturated steam and up to 20 MW of electricity to the Dow Chemical Plant.


Purpose of the Informational Hearing

Licensing of the electric generating plant and related facilities, such as the transmission line and natural gas pipeline, is under the Energy Commission's jurisdiction. The power plant certification process, which contains requirements equivalent to those under the California Environmental Quality Act, will examine all relevant engineering and environmental aspects of the proposed project. This process provides a public forum allowing the Applicant, Commission staff, interested parties, governmental agencies, landowners, and members of the general public to consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of the project, and to propose changes or alternatives to the project as necessary.

At the Informational Hearing, landowners, members of the general public, and representatives of governmental agencies will have an opportunity to obtain information and to offer comments on the application. The Applicant will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the administrative licensing process and their role in reviewing the application. Applicant and Staff will also discuss proposed schedules and possible issues that may be significant during this proceeding.


II. SITE VISIT

After the Informational Hearing is convened, the Applicant will host a visit to the project site. Transportation will be provided from the Hearing location. Landowners, members of the general public, and governmental agencies are invited to participate in this tour; persons planning to go to the Site Visit should so notify Ms. Mendonca, at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228 or e-mail pao@energy.state.ca.us no later than Friday, March 19, 1999.


III. STAFF STATEMENT

In order to assist participants in understanding the project, staff is directed to prepare and serve, upon those listed on the Proof of Service List, a written statement summarizing the potential major issues in this case no later than Friday, March 12, 1999. Copies of the staff statement may be obtained by calling Sharee Knight, Project Secretary, at (916) 654-4184. The staff statement will also be available on the CommissionÕs Internet Web site at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/delta


IV. INFORMATION

Members of the public may participate in all phases of the licensing process in a variety of ways. If you need information concerning public participation, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free in California, at (800) 822-6228 or e-mail: pao@energy.state.ca.us

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Paul Richins, the Commission's Project Manager, at (916) 654-4074 or e-mail at: prichins@energy.state.ca.us

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Susan Gefter, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893 or e-mail at: sgefter@energy.state.ca.us

Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications at (916) 654-4989 or e-mail at: energia@energy.ca.gov

Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is also available on the Energy Commission's Internet home page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/delta



Dated: February 23, 1999             ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
                                     AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION


_______________________________      __________________________________	
WILLIAM J. KEESE, Chairman           JANANNE SHARPLESS, Commissioner
Presiding Member                     Associate Member
Delta Energy AFC Committee           Delta Energy AFC Committee




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