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Notice of Second Preliminary Staff Assessment
Workshop for the
Humboldt Bay Repowering Project
(06-AFC-7)

The California Energy Commission Staff will conduct a second workshop to discuss outstanding issues that were identified in the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) for the proposed Humboldt Bay Repowering Project (HBRP). The workshop will provide an opportunity for agencies, the public and other interested parties to present questions and comments on the issues that remain under discussion for the PSA. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate. The workshop will be held:

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2008
Session 1: 11:00 AM - Estimated 3:00 PM (when discussions are completed)
Session 2: 5:00 - 6:00 PM (for additional public comment & a recap of Session 1)
PG&E's Humboldt Bay Power Plant - Assembly Building
1000 King Salmon Avenue
Eureka, California 95503
(Wheelchair Accessible)
(Map to location)
To participate in the meeting by telephone,
please call: 1-888-677-1819 by 11:00 AM
Passcode: 34278
Call Leader: John Kessler

Purpose

California Energy Commission staff filed its PSA on the Humboldt Bay Repowering Project Application for Certification (AFC) on November 29, 2007. A PSA workshop was held on December 14, 2007. The purpose of this second PSA workshop is to continue dialogue with the applicant, public, and local, state and federal agencies, and to seek resolution of issues identified in staff's environmental and engineering analysis of the proposed HBRP as documented in the PSA. Discussion topics will include the following:

  • Land Use - reviewing recent coastal access improvements and assessing any additional needs for public use areas in accordance with the Warren-Alquist Act;
  • Cultural Resources - continuing discussions regarding the potential historical significance of the existing Humboldt Bay Power Plant and its consideration as a historic district;
  • Air Quality - ongoing discussion of updated modeling results and the HBRP's conformance with air quality rules and standards; status of Final or revised Preliminary Determination of Compliance; and
  • Public Health - continuing discussions and assessment of the potential for health impacts to the Humboldt Hill community from the use of diesel as a back-up fuel; PG&E's proposed alternatives to limit use of diesel fuel.

Results of the workshop discussions will be incorporated into the Final Staff Assessment, which will become staff's testimony in evidentiary hearings.

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 deciding whether to approve an application for a thermal power plant, with a capacity of 50 MW or greater, proposed for construction in California.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser 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 of the workshop.

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. Please include "Docket No. 06-AFC-7" in referring to the case.



Date Posted: January 4, 2008 ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
 

________/signed/_______
TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director,
Energy Facilities Siting Division

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