[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


Public Workshops to Discuss the
Preliminary Staff Assessment
Of the Delta Energy Center
Application For Certification (98-AFC-3)

On December 18, 1998, the joint partnership of Calpine Corporation and Bechtel Enterprises, Inc. filed an Application for Certification (AFC) seeking approval from the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) to construct and operate the 880-megawatt (MW) Delta Energy Center. The project is proposed to be located on an undeveloped 20-acre parcel at the Dow Chemical Company facility generally north and west of the adjacent Delta Diablo Sanitation District treatment facility in the City of Pittsburg.

The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing and ultimately approving or denying licenses for 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, natural gas pipelines, and water lines. The Energy Commission's responsibilities are similar and equivalent to those of a lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act.

On July 26, 1999, Energy Commission staff completed its Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) of the Delta Energy Center Application for Certification. You can obtain a copy of the PSA by calling Sharee Knight (916-654-4184) or view and print the document from the Energy Commission web site (note the web site address below). The staff will be conducting workshops to discuss the PSA and take comment from the public; intervenors; local, state and federal agencies; and the applicant. These comments will be considered for inclusion in staff's Final Staff Assessment. The public and local, state and federal agencies are encouraged to attend and participate. The workshops will be held:

August 10, 11, 18 and 19, 1999
East County Boys and Girls Club
1001 Stoneman Avenue
Pittsburg, California


Below is the proposed schedule for these workshops. The workshops on August 11 and 19 will only be held if additional time is necessary.

August 10, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- land use, socioeconomic resources, cultural resources, visual resources, traffic and transportation, reliability, efficiency, noise, geology, facility design, transmission system engineering, hazardous materials.

August 11, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- workshop will only be held if the above subjects are not addressed on August 10, 1999.

August 18, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- biological resources, water resources, air quality, public health, worker safety, waste management, transmission safety and nuisance.

August 18, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- open forum on any subject.

August 19, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- workshop will only be held if necessary.

The location of the meetings is wheelchair accessible. If you require special accommodations contact Robert Sifuentes, at (916) 654-5004, at least five days prior to the workshop.

Persons who would like information on how to participate in the Commission's review of the project should contact Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or e-mail .

Technical or project schedule questions should be directed to Paul Richins, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 654-4074, or e-mail . Information about the project as well the PSA is available on the Energy Commission's web page at .

News media inquiries should be directed to, Assistant Director of Media and Communications Office, Claudia Chandler at (916) 654-4989.

DATE ON LINE: August 9, 1999



_____________//signed//_________________
WILLIAM J. KEESE
Chairman and Presiding Member



Mailed to list # 744, 745, and 746
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