NOTICE OF SECOND COMMITTEE STATUS CONFERENCE
APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION
(97-AFC-1)



The Committee conducting proceedings in this matter will hold a public Conference on:

Tuesday, April 28 1998
beginning at 10:00 a.m.
California Energy Commission
First Floor Hearing Room A
1516 9th Street
Sacramento, California 95814

(Wheelchair Accessible)


This Conference will provide each party an opportunity to: 1) inform the Committee on the status of the High Desert case, including any potential delays; 2) address other parties' comments contained in the second status reports (filed March 25, 1998) and in the third status reports (due April 24, 1998); and 3) discuss any other matters relevant to this proceeding.

The March 25, 1998 status reports filed by Staff and the California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) indicate that some information desired for analyzing the proposed project is not presently, and may not be, available in the timely manner needed to process this case according to the expected schedule. For instance, both parties raise significant concerns about the absence of specific offsets and a defined emissions reduction strategy. Additionally, clarification is apparently needed concerning the scope of the District's Preliminary Determination of Compliance. Further, the adequacy of the Interconnection Study for licensing purposes has been questioned. Staff also notes deficiencies concerning turbine data, questions about possible stack and plume intrusion in potential violation of Federal Aviation Administration requirements, and a lack of water related information. The consequences of these perceived deficiencies may be an increasingly incomplete Preliminary Staff Assessment and/or difficulty for CURE in preparing its testimony for future evidentiary hearings.

We note, however, that Staff will hold workshops in the next few weeks to discuss submission of at least some of the currently unavailable information and to clarify other relevant matters. Current reservations concerning the air quality and transmission matters may be at least partially allayed after actual review of forthcoming data responses, the Preliminary Determination of Compliance (due April 20, 1998), and the Interconnection Study (due April 22, 1998). We trust that the parties intend to continue to use the period prior to the April 28 Conference to clarify, agree upon, and submit necessary information. Any remaining perceived deficiencies may be brought to the Committee's attention in the April 24 status reports and discussed at the Conference.

Furthermore, we note that the Applicant has the burden of persuasively establishing the legal acceptability of its proposed project. Delay in submitting, or failure to submit, required information could compromise the schedule and the continued viability of analyzing multiple project configurations, or ultimately result in a lack of evidence sufficient to support required findings. The decision to proceed in spite of substantive deficiencies which may exist is a choice taken at the Applicant's risk.

Members of the public or interested governmental agencies are invited to attend and participate at this Conference. If you want information concerning public participation, please contact Ms. Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free in California, at (800) 822-6228. If you require special accommodations, contact Robert Sifuentes at (916) 654-5004.

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Richard Buell, the Commission's Project Manager, at (916) 654-3930. Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Stanley Valkosky, the Chief Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893. 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.



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JANANNE SHARPLESS
Commissioner Presiding Committee Member



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ROBERT A. LAURIE
Commissioner Associate Committee Member

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