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Notice of Preliminary Staff Assessment
Workshop for the
Eastshore Energy Center Project
(06-AFC-6)

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop for the proposed Eastshore Energy Center (Eastshore) 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:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2007

HAYWARD CITY HALL BUILDING
Room 2A
777 B St., Hayward, CA 94541
(Wheelchair Accessible)
(Map to Location)

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Discussion Topics: All topics contained in the PSA (with a focus on: Alternatives, Air Quality, Biology, Land Use, Public Health, Worker Safety and Fire Protection, Land Use, Traffic and Transportation, and Local System Effects.)

Break from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Discussion Topics: Summaries of all topics discussed in the afternoon session with staff available for questions.


Purpose:

California Energy Commission staff recently filed its PSA on the Eastshore 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: Alternatives, Air Quality, Biology, Land Use, Public Health, Worker Safety and Fire Protection, Land Use, Traffic and Transportation, and Local System Effects. 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 September 17, 2007, to Bill Pfanner, Project Manager, at the address on this letterhead.

Background:

On September 22, 2006, Eastshore Energy, LLC (owner) filed an AFC for the Eastshore project. The AFC seeks approval from the California Energy Commission to construct and operate a nominal 115.5 megawatt (MW) power plant consisting of 14 natural gas-fired reciprocating engine-generator units each rated at 8.4 MW. Eastshore is designed as an intermediate/peaking load facility which has been proposed to serve load demands of the cities of Hayward, Fremont, and San Leandro in the southern East Bay area and also the load demands of the City of San Mateo in the San Francisco Peninsula due to its unique location and the existing transmission network.

The Energy Commission staff has conducted an independent review of the AFC and prepared the PSA which is similar to a Draft Environmental Impact Report. At this time, staff believes that as currently proposed, including the applicant's and the staff's proposed mitigation measures and the staff's proposed conditions of certification, the Eastshore project will not comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS), and that significant adverse indirect and cumulative impacts have the potential to occur in the areas of Land Use and Traffic and Transportation.

Public Participation:

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office provides the public with assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in the project review, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance of the workshop.

Questions:

The PSA and general information on the proposed power plant are available on the Energy Commission's website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/eastshore. Copies of the PSA have been sent to the Hayward Public Library and the Alameda County Library - Fremont Main Library. However, if you would like a paper copy or CD of the PSA, please contact Dora Gomez, Siting Project Secretary, at (916) 653-1608, or by e-mail at dgomez@energy.state.ca.us.

Inquiries about the project schedule or PSA should be directed to Bill Pfanner, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 654-4206, or by email at bpfanner@energy.state.ca.us. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989, or e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.





Date: ___ 8/17/2007 ____

________/signed/_______
TERRENCE O'BRIAN, Deputy Director,
Energy Facilties Siting Division

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