[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 METCALF ENERGY CENTER        )     COMMITTEE BRIEFING ORDER
                                     )
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At the close of evidentiary hearings in this proceeding parties may, though are not required to, submit written briefs. In the briefs parties argue their position and support their arguments with specific references to the evidentiary record of the case. Their purpose in doing so is to present logical arguments in support of their position and, through citations to the record, direct the Committee's attention to evidence which supports their argument.

Where an argument relies on an exhibit received into evidence, the appropriate exhibit number and page will be given. (Exhibit 5, p. 12.) If the argument is supported by a statement contained in the official reporter's transcript, the reference shall include the date of the reporter's transcript followed by the letters "RT" followed thereafter by the page number or numbers on which the statement appears. (2/28/01 RT 98-102.) Parties are encouraged to limit their briefs to only those topic areas in which they believe there is the need to present argument. There is no requirement to address every topic area or every issue presented at the hearings.


Schedule for Filing Briefs

The Committee directs that those parties who wish to file opening and reply briefs in the case submit the briefs according to the following schedule:

Opening Briefs for Group 1 and 2 Topic Areas* March 23, 2001
Reply Briefs for Group 1 and 2 Topic Areas April 4, 2001
Opening Briefs for Group 3 Topic Areas April 12, 2001
Reply Briefs for Group 3 Topic Areas April 24, 2001

Briefs must be received at the Commission Docket Unit and served on all parties listed on the Proof of Service List no later than close of business on the dates indicated. The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, is available to provide information or to assist those interested in filing briefs. She may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free, at 1-800-822-6228; her e-mail address is: pao@energy.state.ca.us


Further Information

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

Paul Richins, the Commission's Project Manager, will respond to technical questions concerning the Metcalf Energy Center at (916) 654-4074, or e-mail: prichins@energy.state.ca.gov 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

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to the Acting Hearing Officer, Gary Fay, at (916) 654-3893 or email: gfay@energy.state.ca.us

SO ORDERED.



Date On Line: March 15, 2001

ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION




ROBERT A. LAURIE, Commissioner
Presiding Member
Metcalf AFC Committee




WILLIAM J. KEESE, Chairman
Associate Member
Metcalf AFC Committee

Mail to lists: 700, 701, 702 & Proof of Service List



FOOTNOTE:

* Group 1: Project Description; Compliance; Geology and Paleontology; Transmission Line Safety and Nuisance; Waste Management; Efficiency; Reliability; Facility Design; Worker Safety and Fire Protection; Cultural Resources.

Group 2: Noise; Soil & Water Resources; Traffic & Transportation; Hazardous Materials; Socioeconomics; Land Use.

Group 3: Biology; Visual; Air Quality; Public Health; Transmission System Engineering; Local System Effects; Alternatives.




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