Notice of Public Informational Hearing and Site Visit
[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission

In the Matter of:                   )      Docket No. 01-AFC-6
Application for Certification       )
of the Magnolia Power Project       )      Application Complete
by Southern California Public       )          
Power Authority                     )      September 25, 2001


Notice of Public Informational Hearing and Site Visit

The California Energy Commission, a state agency, has exclusive jurisdiction to license new power plants that generate 50 megawatts (MW) or more. On May 14, 2001, Southern California Public Power Authority ("Applicant" or SCPPA), filed an application for certification with the Energy Commission to construct and operate the Magnolia Power Project, a 250 MW natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant to be located in the City of Burbank. The Energy Commission is reviewing the proposal under the expedited process established by Public Resources Code section 25550. The plant is expected to be online by the summer of 2004.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Energy Commission has designated a Committee of two Commissioners to conduct proceedings on the application. The Committee has scheduled a public informational hearing and site visit to discuss the proposed project with the Burbank community as described below:

Site Visit begins at 4:00 p.m.
Public Informational Hearing begins at 5:30 p.m.

Burbank Water and Power
Administration Building, First Floor Lobby
164 West Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, California 91502

[Wheelchair Accessible]

Prior to the informational hearing, members of the public are invited to join the Committee on a tour of the proposed site during daylight hours, beginning at 4:00 p.m. The Applicant will conduct a walking tour of the site, which is located behind the Burbank Water and Power Administration Building. Electric carts are available for those who need assistance on the tour. Following the site visit, we will return to the Adminstration Building to convene the informational hearing at 5:30 p.m.


On September 25, 2001, the Energy Commission began an expedited review process to consider the application for certification for the Magnolia Power Project (MPP). The expedited review will take approximately six months. During the review period, the Energy Commission will determine whether the proposed project complies with applicable laws related to public health and safety, environmental impacts, and engineering requirements. The informational hearing scheduled by this Notice is sponsored by the Energy Commission to inform the public about the project and to invite public participation in the review process.

Project Description

As proposed, the project would be located at 164 West Magnolia Boulevard in the City of Burbank at the existing site of the Magnolia Power Station, which is owned and operated by the Burbank Water and Power Department. The 23-acre site is bound by Magnolia Boulevard on the north, Lake Avenue on the west, Olive Avenue on the south, and the Western Burbank Flood Control Channel, railway switching yards, and Interstate Highway 5 to the east.

The MPP would provide electricity to the participating member cities of the SCPPA and to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). The power plant would interconnect to the City of Burbank Olive Substation via two 69 kV underground transmission lines across the project site. The Olive Substation connects to the City of Burbank Transmission and Distribution system.

The MPP would consist of a power island, switchyard upgrades to the Olive Substation, onsite transmission lines, control and administrative buildings, cooling towers, a package boiler, storage tanks, natural gas compressors, water and fuel supply pipelines, and other ancillary facilities. The power plant and ancillary facilities would be completely contained within the boundaries of the existing site.

The power island would include one natural gas-fired combustion turbine generator, a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) with supplemental duct firing, and a steam turbine generator. There would be one 150-foot tall exhaust stack attached to the HRSG. The project would utilize dry low NOx combustors, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, and oxidizing catalysts to reduce air pollutant emissions in accordance with requirements of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The project would be fueled by natural gas delivered by the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a California utility. A new fuel gas valve and metering station(s) would be located onsite by SoCalGas. There is no oil backup fuel supply.

The project would utilize reclaimed water supplied by the Burbank Water Reclamation Plant operated by the Burbank Public Works Department. Reclaimed water would be used for the project's evaporative cooling tower. Potable water from the city would be required for fire protection, mechanical processes, and domestic uses.

The new project would also remove and replace several of the outdated existing facilities at the Magnolia Power Station site.

The engineering and environmental details of the proposed project are contained in the application for certification (AFC). Copies of the AFC are available at the following libraries:

Burbank Public Library
110 N. Glen Oaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

Buena Vista Branch Library
401 N. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91505

Northwest Branch Library
3323 W. Victory
Burbank, CA 91505

Copies of the AFC were also provided to local public agencies that are involved in the review process.

Purpose of the Informational Hearing

The power plant certification process, which incorporates requirements equivalent to 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, Commission staff, 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 members of the community and governmental agencies will have an opportunity to obtain information and offer comments on the proposal. The Applicant will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the administrative licensing process and its 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 each file a proposed schedule for reviewing the project and Staff shall file an Issue Identification Report ("report") summarizing the potential major issues. The proposed schedules and Staff's report shall be filed no later than Friday, October 19, 2001. The parties shall indicate whether anticipated data responses would resolve issues of concern raised in Staff's report. 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, Roberta Mendonca at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228 or e-mail:


Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to James Reede, the Staff Project Manager, at (916) 653-2145 or e-mail at:

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Susan Gefter, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893 or e-mail at:

If you require special accommodation to participate in this event, contact Priscilla Ross at (916) 653-6631 or e-mail at:

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

Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is available on the Energy Commission's Internet web page at:


Dated October 3, 2001, at Sacramento, California.




Commissioner and Presiding Member
Magnolia AFC Committee

Commissioner and Associate Member
Magnolia AFC Committee

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