[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission




In the Matter of:                           )    Docket No. 99-AFC-3
                                            )		
Application for Certification for the       )    RULING re  CARE MOTION
Metcalf Energy Center [Calpine Corporation  )    for WORKSHOP on ALTERNATIVE
and Bechtel Enterprises, Inc.]              )    FUEL SOURCES
____________________________________________)

I. BACKGROUND

On September 22, 2000, Intervenor Californians for Renewable Energy (CARE) filed a "Motion to Call a Workshop on MEC Alternative Fuel Sources to Natural Gas" (Motion). In this Motion, CARE contends that "recent activities in the market place for natural gas point to reduced supplies, increased demand, and little evidence of the development of any new major domestic sources...". (Motion, p. 2.) CARE therefore requests we convene a workshop to discuss the long-term reliability of natural gas as a fuel source for the Metcalf Energy Center and to address the need for, and impacts of, alternative fuel sources to natural gas. (Id., p. 3.)

II. DISCUSSION

The Commission staff customarily assesses the adequacy and impacts of a proposed project's fuel supply. In the present case, Staff's initial assessment addresses these items under the topics of "Power Plant Reliability" and "Power Plant Efficiency" ("Preliminary Staff Assessment," May 2000, pp. 449-63). These topics will also be examined during future evidentiary hearings.

The Staff analysis will thus be subjected to the opportunity for further public scrutiny, including cross-examination and/or the introduction of competent evidence supporting differing conclusions. We therefore see no need to require further informal workshop discussion on these topics. Staff may, of course, choose to convene a workshop on these matters if it so desires.

III. ORDER

We will not require Staff to conduct a workshop as requested by CARE.

Date On Line: October 5, 2000

ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION


ROBERT A. LAURIE, Commissioner
Presiding Member
Metcalf Energy Center AFC Committee




WILLIAM J. KEESE, Chairman
Associate Member
Metcalf Energy Center AFC Committee





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