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Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission

In the Matter of:                 )
                                  )     Docket No. 01-SPPE-1


The California Energy Commission is the State agency granted exclusive authority to review and license proposals to construct and operate large electric power plants, including the authority to exempt proposals under 100 MW from our certification review. Proposals granted an exemption are subject to local permitting processes. Modesto Irrigation District (MID) has filed a proposal to construct an 80 MW power plant project in Modesto, California. A Committee of the Commission will begin the exemption review process by conducting a Public Informational Hearing and Site Visit as described below:

Purpose of Hearing: The Informational Hearing and Site Visit are the initial steps of the Commission's public power plant exemption process, which contains requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to review all relevant environmental aspects of the proposed project.

At the Informational Hearing, members of the general public, landowners, and representatives of other governmental agencies will have an opportunity to obtain information and offer comments on the proposal. The Applicant, Modesto Irrigation District, will explain its plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. The Energy Commission staff will explain the regulatory review process and staff's role as independent experts in analyzing the project. The Applicant and the staff will also discuss possible issues that may be significant during the remainder of the proceeding.

Hearing Date & Place:

Thursday, June 28, 2001
Beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Modesto Irrigation District Headquarters

1231 Eleventh Street
Modesto, California
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Site Visit: The Informational Hearing will be preceded by a Site Visit during daylight hours, at 4:00 p.m. to the Woodland Generating Station 2. Persons intending to attend the Site Visit should gather at MID Headquarters for bus transportation to the power plant site. The bus will return before 6:00 p.m.

Reservations Required: Persons intending to attend the Site Visit should make a reservation for bus transportation with the Commission's Public Adviser at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228 or via e-mail pao@energy.state.ca.gov not later than June 25, 2001.

Project Description: On May 4, 2001 the Modesto Irrigation District (MID) filed a Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) to request approval from the California Energy Commission to construct an 80-megawatt (MW) nominal natural gas-fired combined cycle generating facility. The project would be located on a 2.5 acre portion of an overall 7 acre site with an existing 49.4 MW generating facility on Woodland Avenue, in Modesto, California, County of Stanislaus.

The 80-megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle will consist of one modern combustion turbine and a condensing steam turbine. The project will use a convention drum-type heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), or a once through steam generator (OTSG) HRSG. Expansion of the existing switchyard will also include two new bays. Approximately 1.2 miles of new 69kV sub-transmission line, approximately 6 miles of system reinforcements to an existing Pacific Gas & Electric natural gas supply line, and approximately 1 mile of new water line would be constructed as part of the proposed project.

More Information: In order to assist participants in understanding the project, the Commission Staff will prepare and file by June 25, 2001 an Issue Identification Report summarizing the potential major issues in the proceeding. Copies of this document may be obtained by calling the Commission's Project Manager at (916) 654-4206 or through the Commission's Web Site www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/modesto.

The environmental and engineering details of the proposed project are contained in the Application for Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE). Copies of the SPPE are available locally at the Stanislaus County Library, 1500 "I" Street, Modesto, CA 95354; Ripon Memorial Library, 430 W. Main Street, Ripon, CA 95366 & Modesto Junior College Library, 435 College Ave, Modesto, CA 95350

Help: 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 Energy 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

Information concerning the status of the project, notices and other relevant documents are available on the Commission's Web Site at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/modesto

If you require special accommodation to participate in the Informational Hearing and/or Site Visit, please contact Robert Sifuentes at least five (5) days before the hearing at (916) 654-5004 or email at: rsifuent@energy.state.ca.gov

Contacts: Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to the Energy Commission Staff's Project Manager, Sandra Fromm, at (916) 654-4206 or e-mail at: sfromm@energy.state.ca.us

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Garret Shean, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893 or e-mail at: gshean@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 by e-mail at: energia@energy.ca.gov


Dated: June 12, 2001

Commissioner and Presiding Member
MID SPPE Committee

Commissioner and Associate Member
MID SPPE Committee

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