[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


Notice of a Preliminary Staff Assessment Workshop
For the La Paloma Generating Project
Application For Certification
DOCKET NUMBER 98-AFC-2

La Paloma Generating Company, LLC is proposing to construct and operate a nominally rated 1,048 megawatt (MW), natural gas-fired, combined cycle electric generating power plant in Kern County. The plant is proposed to be built approximately 40 miles west of the city of Bakersfield and 2 miles east of the unincorporated community of McKittrick. In addition, the project will require construction of a 370 foot natural gas pipeline, a 13.6-mile 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line that will interconnect with Pacific Gas and Electric's Midway Substation at Buttonwillow, an 8.0-mile water line connected to the California Aqueduct, a 700,000-gallon water storage tank, and a 2.0-mile potable water pipeline to McKittrick.

The Energy Commission staff expects to complete and file its Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) on February 5, 1999. Staff will be seeking input from the applicant, other agencies and the general public by holding a public workshop. The workshop will consist of two parts on the same day, an afternoon session and an evening session.



TUESDAY, February 16, 1999

AFTERNOON TIME and LOCATION

1 to 4 p.m.
Anita Merlo Pioneer Senior Center
131 E. First
Buttonwillow, CA

EVENING TIME and LOCATION

7 to 9 p.m.
McKittrick School Auditorium
23226 Second St.
McKittrick, CA


The meeting locations are wheelchair accessible. If you require special accommodations, contact Robert Sifuentes at (916) 654-5004, at least five days prior to the workshop. Persons wanting information on how to participate in the Commission's review of the project should contact Ms. Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us. Technical or project schedule questions should be directed to Marc Pryor, Siting Project Manager, in the Energy Facilities Siting and Environmental Protection Division at (916) 653-0159, or e-mail at mpryor@energy.state.ca.us. The status of the project and a copy of the staff's PSA are available on the Energy Commission's Internet webpage at www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/lapaloma. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Executive Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.



DATE: February 4, 1999



_______________________________
Robert A. Laurie
Commissioner and Presiding Member



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