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Calpine Corporation and Bechtel Enterprises, Inc. (Calpine/Bechtel) jointly are proposing to develop the Metcalf Energy Center (MEC), a 600 megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined cycle power plant. The proposed site for the MEC lies at the southern base of Tulare Hill in northern Coyote Valley of South San Jose to the west of Monterey Highway and south of the Metcalf Road intersection. The power plant will occupy approximately 14 acres (10 acres in Santa Clara County, 4 acres in the City of San Jose). The site is bordered by Fisher Creek to the north and west and the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way to the east. Blanchard Road is to the south. The site is currently zoned for agricultural use.

The Energy Commission staff is analyzing Calpine/Bechtel's Application for Certification (AFC) which was submitted to the Energy Commission on April 30, 1999. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss biological resource issues associated with the Fisher Creek riparian corridor and the Tulare Hill Management Plan.

In the morning, staff will discuss the Tulare Hill Management Plan and the various management options for the purposes of protecting the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly and host plant species important to its survival.

In the afternoon, staff will discuss the Fisher Creek riparian corridor and the various jurisdictional requirements affecting restoration of Fisher Creek riparian corridor along with Calpine/Betchel's landscape plan, arborist report, and draft biotic assessment of the riparian corridor.

The workshop will be held:

Wednesday, October 27, 1999
Starting at 9:30 a.m. -- Tulare Hill Management Plan, and
Starting at 1:00 p.m. -- Fisher Creek riparian corridor
Location: #412 Coyote Grange Hall
Coyote, California
(located on the east side of Monterey Road between
Metcalf Road and Bailey Avenue, south of San Jose)

The location of the meeting is 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 Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at PAO@energy.state.ca.us.

Questions about the project schedule or analysis should be directed to Paul Richins, Energy Commission Project Manager, in the Energy Facilities Siting and Environmental Protection Division, at (916) 654-4074, or e-mail at prichins@energy.state.ca.us.

News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Executive Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989 or e-mail at energia@energy.gov.

General information about the proposed power plant, Calpine/Bechtel's Application for Certification, and copies of the staff's Issue Identification Report, data requests and data responses are available on the Energy Commission's website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/metcalf.

DATE ON LINE: October 15, 1999

Robert A. Laurie
Commissioner and Presiding Member

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