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In the Matter of:                   )      DOCKET NO. 03-AFC-2
Application for Certification       )      APPLICATION COMPLETE
FACILITY (LOS ESTEROS 20            )



PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Energy Commission has designated a Committee of two Commissioners to conduct proceedings on Calpine Corporation's Application for Certification (AFC) in the above-captioned proceedings. The Committee has scheduled a public Informational Hearing and Site Visit to discuss the proposed project with the San Jose community as described below:

TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2004
Informational Hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Site Visit departure at 5:30 p.m.

Informational Hearing will convene (after the Site Visit) beginning at 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Alviso Community & Youth Center
5040 North First Street
San Jose, California 95002
[Wheelchair Accessible]

Prior to the Informational Hearing, members of the public and other interested persons are invited to join the Committee on a tour of the proposed site during daylight hours. Bus transportation will leave from the Alviso Community & Youth Center parking lot at 5:30 p.m. Following the site visit, the buses will return to the Alviso Community & Youth Center and the Informational Hearing will convene at approximately 6:30 p.m. Persons intending to attend the site visit should make reservations for bus transportation with the Energy Commission's Public Adviser by calling 916-654-4489 or, toll free at 800-822-6228 no later than Tuesday, April 27, 2004.


On December 30, 2003, Calpine Corporation's wholly owned subsidiary Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility, LLC, (LECEF) filed an AFC with the Energy Commission to:

  • continue operation of LECEF; 1 and
  • convert LECEF 1 to Phase 2 (LECEF 2), which contemplates combined cycle operation. 2

The Energy Commission has exclusive jurisdiction to license new power plants that generate 50 MW or more. Applicant has requested that the Commission review the Los Esteros proposals under a single AFC process to meet the requirements of Public Resources Code section 25552 (d) & (e).

Project Description

LECEF 2 will alter LECEF 1 so that the facility will operate in combined-cycle mode, which involves the addition of four Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSGs), and one Steam Turbine Generator (STG). Combined-cycle operation will increase capacity to 320 MW.

LECEF 1 is located at 800 Thomas Foon Chew Way in north San Jose, within a 21-acre project site that includes the facility's fenced area, and its surrounding landscaping. The site lies on the north side of State Route 237 near the community of Alviso. The City of Milpitas is located approximately three miles north-east of the site; the City of Sunnyvale is located approximately six miles to the southwest. Coyote Creek and its adjacent flood control channel lies to the east. North-west of the site is the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP): WPCP's sludge drying ponds are located to the north; WPCP buffer lands are located to the west.

PG&E's Los Esteros Substation and the Silicon Valley Power (SVP) Switching Station are located immediately north and adjacent to the site. LECEF 1's underground electrical transmission line runs north from the site approximately 200 feet into the substation.

The facility minimizes freshwater use. Water supply for the facility is provided by the WPCP through the South Bay Water Recycling (SBWR) program through several 1,500-foot recycled water pipelines. No potable water pipelines were planned as part of

1 On July 2, 2002, the Energy Commission licensed the Phase 1 LECEF project (LECEF 1). A 180 MW simple-cycle, natural gas-fired power plant in the City of San Jose, LECEF 1 was licensed as a peaker under Public Resources Code, 25552. Section 25552 required the Energy Commission to expedite, to the extent feasible, the processing of AFCs for projects such as LECEF that were expected to be online by December 31, 2002.

2 320 MW would be the nominal generating capacity of LECEF 2.

these projects. Instead, potable water for the operation of the facility is trucked to the facility.

The engineering and environmental details of the proposed projects are contained in the AFC. A copy of the AFC is available at the San Jose Public Library, 300 South Sunrise Way, San Jose, California. Copies have also been provided to the local public agencies that are involved in the review process.

Los Esteros is proposed as a merchant plant, which will sell electricity in California's deregulated energy market. LECEF 1's conversion to combined-cycle operation will increase the efficiency of the plant from 38 to 46 percent.

Purpose of the Informational Hearing

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. The review process provides a public forum allowing the Applicant, Energy Commission Staff, interested parties, governmental agencies, adjacent landowners, and members of the general public to consider the advantages and disadvantages of the project, and to discuss changes or alternatives as necessary.

The Informational hearing is the first in a series of Energy Commission events where interested members of the public and governmental agencies will have an opportunity to obtain Information and to offer comments on the proposal. Applicant will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. Energy Commission Staff will explain the administrative licensing process and Staff's role in reviewing the application. Applicant and Staff will also discuss the schedule and possible issues that may be significant during this proceeding.

Proposed Schedules and Issue Identification Report

To assist participants in understanding the project, Applicant and Staff shall file proposed schedules for the project's review, and Staff shall file an Issue Identification Report (IIR) summarizing the potential major issues. The proposed schedules and Staff's IIR shall be filed no later than April 27, 2004. Copies of these documents will be available on the Commission's Internet Web page at:

Public Adviser and Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser is available to assist the public in participating in the certification review process. Members of the public may participate in all aspects of the review process in a variety of ways. If you need information concerning public participation, please contact the Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228 or e-mail: She is available to assist the public in participating in the AFC review process.


Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Robert Worl, the Commission's Project Manager, at (916) 651-8853 or e-mail at:

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Major Williams, Jr., the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893 or email at

If you require special accommodation to participate in this event, contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 or email

Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications at (916) 654-4989 or e-mail at:


Chairman and Presiding Member
Los Esteros 2 AFC Committee

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