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Notice of Data Response & Issue Resolution
Staff Workshop for the
Humboldt Bay Repowering Project
(06-AFC-7)

The California Energy Commission Staff will conduct a Data Response and Issue Resolution Workshop for the proposed Humboldt Bay Repowering Project. The purpose is to discuss the applicant's responses to staff's data requests and to work toward resolving issues. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate. The workshop will be held:

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2007
2:00 p.m
PG&E's Humboldt Bay Power Plant
Assembly Building
1000 King Salmon Avenue
Eureka, California 95503
(Wheelchair Accessible


To participate in the meeting
by telephone, please call:
1- 800-857-9600
Passcode: Kessler
Call Leader: John Kessler

Purpose

The Energy Commission Staff is currently analyzing Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E's) Application for Certification (AFC) for the proposed development of the Humboldt Bay Repowering Project. Staff served the applicant Data Requests on December 8, 2006, for the following technical areas: air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and paleontology, hazardous materials, land use, noise and vibration, public health, socioeconomics, soil and water resources, transmission system engineering, waste management, and worker safety and fire protection. Subsequently, staff served the applicant Data Requests on January 11, 2007, in the technical areas of alternatives, hazardous materials, traffic and transportation, visual resources and cumulative impacts. The staff workshop will focus on PG&E's Data Responses and work toward resolving project issues. Staff's Data Requests and PG&E's Responses can be found on the Energy Commission's website: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/humboldt.

Following the workshop, staff will consider the comments it receives and will publish a Preliminary Staff Assessment containing preliminary recommendations on the proposed project.

Background

On September 29, 2006, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) submitted an AFC to construct and operate a nominal 163 megawatt (MW) power plant consisting of ten natural gas-fired reciprocating engine-generator units rated at 16.3 MW each. The proposed project site is located at 1000 King Salmon Avenue, approximately 3 miles south of the City of Eureka, Humboldt County. The facility would be located on 5.4 acres within a 143-acre parcel currently occupied by the existing PG&E Humboldt Bay Power Plant. The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing and ultimately approving or denying all applications for thermal electric power plants, with a capacity of 50 MW or greater, proposed for construction in California. On November 8, 2006, the Energy Commission accepted the AFC as complete, which initiated the Energy Commission's licensing proceeding, including staff's independent review of the proposed project.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, provides the public with assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this proceeding, 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 email 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.

Questions and Access to Information

General information and documents on the proposed project are available on the Energy Commission's website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/humboldt. Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989 or email mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us. For general or technical questions on the subject matter, please contact John Kessler, Project Manager, at (916) 654-4679 or email jkessler@energy.state.ca.us. If you are unable to attend the workshop, written comments may be sent to the staff's project manager electronically or to the Energy Commission's street address shown on the letterhead of this Notice.





Date Posted: January 19, 2007. ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION


______________/signed/___________
TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Energy Facilities Siting Division

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