Notice of Informational Hearing and Site Visit
California Energy Commission Letterhead


BEFORE THE ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA



  )  
Application For Certification For The )  
INLAND EMPIRE ENERGY CENTER, LLC ) Docket No. 01-AFC-17
(IEEC) ) (AFC ACCEPTED 12/19/01)
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NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL HEARING AND SITE VISIT

I. INFORMATIONAL HEARING AND SITE VISIT

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE The Committee designated to conduct proceedings on the Application for Certification for the INLAND EMPIRE ENERGY CENTER, LLC, will hold an INFORMATIONAL HEARING and SITE VISIT as follows:


Wednesday, January 30, 2002
Beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Eastern Municipal Water District
Conference Room
2270 Trumble Road
Perris, California 92572-8300



The Informational Hearing will convene at 3:30 p.m. and then recess to allow for a Site Visit during daylight hours. Bus transportation to the site will leave from the hearing location at 3:45 p.m. Reservations for bus transportation must be made through the Public Adviser's Office; please call (916) 654-4489 or toll-free (800) 822-6228 no later than Wednesday, January 23, 2002. Following the Site Visit, the buses will return to the hearing location, and the Informational Hearing will reconvene at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Landowners, members of the general-public, and interested agencies are invited to attend this event or any portion of this event, and question the Applicant and Energy Commission staff concerning the project. The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, will be present to assist interested individuals or organizations and to provide information on participating in the Commission's certification process. Ms. Mendoca may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or, (800) 822-6228 or email: PAO@energy.state.ca.u

Background

On August 17, 2001, Inland Empire Energy Center, LLC, (Applicant) filed an Application for Certification with the California Energy Commission seeking approval to construct and operate the Inland Empire Energy Center (IEEC). The proposed project is a 670-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle, electric generating facility. IEEC would be located on approximately 46-acres near Romoland, in Riverside County. The project site is bordered by McLaughlin Road to the south, San Jacinto Road to the east, Antelope Road to the west, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway to the north. IEEC will generate and supply power to the Southern California Edison (SCE) Valley Substation less than one mile east of the project site. The in-service date is planned for late 2004.

Project Description

The proposed project consists of two GE PG-7251 (FB) combustion turbine-generators with corresponding heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), one steam turbine generator, associated pollution-control equipment, a switchyard, and other ancillary facilities. A new 500 kV transmission line would connect the on-site switchyard to the existing Southern California Edison (SCE) Valley substation, which is located approximately one-mile east of the project site.

Natural gas would be delivered to the facility via one of two new alternative pipelines. Alternative A, a Menifee Road pipeline, would be a new 20-inch pipeline that would connect to the existing Sempra Energy gas transmission lines located along Menifee Road, approximately one-mile east of the project site. Alternative B, a Moreno Valley natural gas pipeline, would be a new 14.8-mile, 20-inch pipeline that would connect to a main Southern California gas transmission pipeline at Sempra's Moreno Valley compressor station.

Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) will supply up to 5,000 acre-feet per year of recycled and raw water for cooling, process make-up (raw water would supplement the use of recycled water until it is widely available) and domestic, potable needs. Recylced water will be supplied from EMWD's existing pipeline that runs along McLaughlin Road, near the southern boundary of the project site. The project would also include the construction of a new 18-inch, 4.7-mile pipeline for the disposal of non-reclaimable wastewater. Sanitary wastewater would be discharged to an existing 33-inch sewer line in McLaughlin Road.

The project is estimated to have a capital cost of between $325-$400 million. If the project is approved, Applicant plans to begin construction immediately after the Energy Commission certification process, and be operational several years later. Over the two-year period, the project would provide for a peak of approximately 490 construction jobs. IEEC will be operational up to seven days per week, 24 hours per day and will employ about 23-full time personnel.

Purpose of the Informational Hearing

Licensing of the electric generating plant and related facilities, such as the transmission line and natural gas pipeline, is under the Energy Commission's jurisdiction. The power plant certification process, which contains requirements equivalent to those under the California Environmental Quality Act, will examine all relevant engineering and environmental aspects of the proposed project. This process provides a public forum allowing:

  • Applicant,
  • Commission staff,
  • interested parties,
  • governmental agencies,
  • landowners, and
  • members of the general public

to consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of the project, and to propose changes or alternatives to the project as necessary.

At the Informational Hearing, any of the foregoing participants will have an opportunity to obtain information and to offer comments on the AFC. Applicant will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the administrative licensing process and their role in reviewing the application. Applicant and Staff will also discuss proposed schedules and possible issues that may be significant during this proceeding.

II. PROPOSED SCHEDULES AND ISSUE STATEMENTS

In order to assist participants in understanding the project, Staff is directed to prepare and serve upon those listed on the Proof of Service List, an Issue Identification Report (IIR), which summarizes the potential major issues in this case no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2002. Copies of the IIR written statement may be obtained by calling Ian Skinner, the Project Assistant, at (916) 654-4184. Staff's IIR will also be available on the Commission's Internet home page at

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/inlandempire/index.html

In addition, Applicant and Staff shall file proposed schedules for the certification review. Staff should endeavor to present its proposed schedule with the IIR; Applicant shall provide its proposed schedule no later than Wednesday, January 23, 2002.

III. INFORMATION

Members of the public may participate in all phases of the licensing process in a variety of ways. If you need information concerning public participation, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free in California, at (800) 822-6228 or email: PAO@energy.state.ca.u. Please contact Priscilla Ross in the Public Adviser's office at (916) 653-6631, or email, pross@energy.state.ca.us, if you require special accommodation to participate at this meeting.

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Jim Bartridge the Commission's Project Manager, at (916) 651-8839 or email at: jbartrid@energy.state.ca.us.

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Major Williams, Jr., the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893 or email at: mwilliam@energy.state.ca.us.

Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications at (916) 654-4989 or email at: energia@energy.ca.go.

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: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/inlandempire/index.html.

Dated January 14, 2002, at Sacramento, California

ROBERT PERNELL
Commissioner and Presiding Member
IEEC AFC Committee

Michal C. Moore
Commissioner and Associate Member
EEC AFC Committee




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