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Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission


The Committee designated to conduct proceedings on the Application for Certification for the METCALF ENERGY CENTER PROJECT will hold INFORMATIONAL HEARINGS and a SITE VISIT as follows:

MONDAY, JULY 12, 1999
Afternoon Session beginning at 1:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Evening Session beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Both sessions held at:
285 Blossom Hill Road
San Jose, California

The first session of the Informational Hearing will convene at 1:30 p.m; a recess will be taken at 4:15 p.m. to allow for a Site Visit during daylight hours. Bus transportation to the site will leave from the hearing location at about 4:30 p.m.. Following the Site Visit, the buses will return to the hearing location, and the second session of the Informational Hearing will convene at approximately 7:30 p.m. Reservations for bus transportation need to be made through the Public Adviser's Office; please call (916) 654-4489, or toll free, (800) 822-6228.

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. She may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or, (800) 822-6228 or email at PAO@energy.state.ca.us.

Project Description

The Metcalf Energy Center (MEC) site is located just west of Monterey Road, between Mecalf Road to the north and Blanchard Road to the south. The proposed project will be a 600 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant, with a 230 kilovolt (kV) switchyard and approximately 200 feet of new 230 kV transmission line. This new transmission interconnect will loop into the existing Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) 230 kV Metcalf-Monta Vista No. 4 transmission line that passes near the northern boundary of the MEC site. No new transmission towers will be required. Natural gas for the facility will be delivered via approximately one mile of new 16-inch pipeline that runs along the eastern side of U.S. 101. Recycled water for cooling will be supplied by the South Bay Water Recycling Program (SBWR) and will be delivered from a tap into SBWR's existing main pipeline in eastern San Jose via a new 20-inch, 7.3 mile pipeline. Industrial wastewater will be transported from the plant via a 12-inch forced main connected to San Jose's sewer system.

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 the 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 Hearings, landowners, members of the general public, and representatives of governmental agencies will have an opportunity to obtain information and to offer comments on the application. 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 proposed schedules and possible issues that may be significant during this proceeding.

To assist in these discussions, Applicant and Staff shall serve and file proposed schedules and an explanation of potentially significant issues with the Commission's Docket Unit, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-4, Sacramento, CA 95814, no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, July 8, 1999. Identify all filings with "Docket No. 99-AFC-3."


The Applicant will also host a visit to the project site. Transportation will be provided from the hearing location. Landowners, members of the general public, and governmental agencies are invited to participate in this tour. Persons planning to go on the Site Visit should so notify Roberta Mendonca, at (916) 654-4489 or, (800) 822-6228 or email at PAO@energy.state.ca.us no later than Thursday, July 8, 1999.

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 at PAO@energy.state.ca.us. Please contact Robert Sifuentes at (916) 654-5005 if you require special accommodation to participate at this meeting.

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Lorraine White, the Project Manager, at (916) 654-4075 or email at lwhite@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.gov.

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Stanley Valkosky, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893. 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 www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/metcalf.

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Commissioner and Presiding Committee Member Commissioner and Associate Committee Member

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