STATE OF CALIFORNIA



Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission



In the Matter of:                  )            Docket No. 97-AFC-1 
                                   )
Application for Certification      )            ORDER DIRECTING  
for the High Desert Power Project  )            CLARIFICATION
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I. BACKGROUND


On July 8, 1998, Applicant submitted a "Project Status and Update Report" (Status Report) accompanied by a "Request for Committee Staff Guidance" (Request for Guidance). The latter document was directed to the Energy Facility Siting Committee, which is distinct from the High Desert Power Project Committee.

Both the Status Report and the Request for Guidance raise concerns over Staff's apparent position on certain air quality issues. Specifically, Applicant notes that the May 15, 1998 Preliminary Staff Assessment states, at page 46:

II. ORDER


The Energy Facility Siting Committee has taken the matters contained in Applicant's "Request for Guidance" under advisement. We, however, as the presiding Committee on the High Desert Power Project, believe there are certain ambiguities which must be clarified concerning Staff's position on the topic of air quality in general, and regarding the timing of the "securing" of ERCs in particular. We believe these clarifications will benefit both our project Committee and the Energy Facility Siting Committee should it choose to address Applicant's concerns.

Therefore, Staff shall, and other parties may, respond to the following questions. Responses must be served and docketed no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 1998.

A. What is Staff's position concerning identifying and securing ERCs in the High Desert case?