[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       )     COMMITTEE RULING RE: CARE
Metcalf Energy Center [Calpine Corporation  )     MOTION for RECONSIDERATION for
and Bechtel Enterprises, Inc.]              )     FUEL SOURCES WORKSHOP
____________________________________________)



I. BACKGROUND

On October 27, 2000, Intervenor Californians for Renewable Energy (CARE) apparently filed a "Motion of Reconsideration of a workshop on MEC alternative fuel sources to natural gas" (Motion). We first received a copy of this Motion via e-mail on November 20, 2000.

In this Motion, CARE requests we reconsider our earlier Ruling (October 3, 2000) in which we denied a request by CARE to 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.

CARE's present Motion includes documents suggesting that natural gas supplies are becoming restricted, and that prices of available natural gas may rise.

II. DISCUSSION

As we noted in our previous ruling, the adequacy and impacts of the proposed project's fuel supply will be examined during evidentiary hearings. The existing 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." (October 3, 2000 Ruling, p. 1.)

Nothing has changed. CARE may still exercise its right to examine witnesses on fuel supply issues, and/or introduce competent, relevant evidence. We see no reason to convene a workshop to discuss these matters.

III. RULING

CARE's Motion is denied.



Date On Line: November 22, 2000



ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION




ROBERT A. LAURIE, Commissioner
Presiding Member
Metcalf AFC Committee




WILLIAM J. KEESE, Chairman
Associate Member
Metcalf AFC Committee




| Back to Main Page | Homepage | Calendar | Directory/Index | Search |