[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission

In the Matter of:                           )     Docket No. 99-AFC-3
Application for Certification for the       )     NOTICE OF SITE VISIT AND 
of Duke Energy for the                      )     INFORMATIONAL HEARING
Morro Bay Power Plant Project               ) 
(MORRO BAY)                                 )    

The Committee designated to conduct proceedings on the Application for Certification for the MORRO BAY POWER PLANT Project will hold a SITE VISIT AND INFORMATIONAL HEARING as follows:


Beginning at 3 p.m.
Assemble at the Gate House

Duke Energy, Morro Bay Power Plant
1290 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, California

Following the site visit we will return to the Veterans Memorial Hall, located at 209 Surf Street, Morro Bay, California for the Informational Hearing, beginning approximately at 5 p.m. Landowners, members of the general public, and interested agencies are invited to attend this event, or any portion of this event, and question the Applicant and Energy Commission staff concerning the project and the Commission's certification process. The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, can assist interested individuals or organizations and provide information on participating in the Commission's certification process. She may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or, (800) 822-6228 or email:PAO@energy.state.ca.us. Persons planning to go on the site visit should notify Roberta Mendonca by e-mail or by telephone no later than Friday, February 16, 2001.


Beginning at 5 p.m.
Veteran's Memorial Hall
209 Surf Street
Morro Bay, California
[Wheelchair Accessible]
(Map Attached)

Project Description

Duke Energy proposes construction of two new combined cycle generating units in a single construction phase with start up and commercial operation of the units separated by approximately one month. The Project will also include demolition of the onsite fuel oil tank farm, demolition of the existing power building, removal of three 450-foot-tall exhaust stacks for existing Units 1 through 4, refurbishment of the sea water intake structure, and installation of a bridge across Morro Creek for construction and major maintenance. The bridge and connecting roadway will become a bicycle/pedestrian path upon completion of construction of the Project.

The new units will replace the currently operating generation Units 1 and 2 (326 megawatts [MW]), and Units 3 and 4 (676 MW), with two state-of-the-art 600 MW combined cycle units. Each new unit will be capable of producing 600 MW so that, upon completion of both the combined cycle units, the plant will be capable of producing a total of 1,200 MW. Each new unit will consist of two gas-fired turbines and one steam turbine driven by the heat produced by the other two turbines. Each new unit will have two, 145-foot-tall stacks.

Purpose of the Informational Hearing

Licensing of the electric generating plant and related facilities is under the Energy Commission's jurisdiction. The power plant certification process, which contains requirements equivalent to those under the California Environmental Quality Act, will examine all relevant engineering and environmental aspects of the proposed project. This process provides a public forum allowing the Applicant, Commission staff, interested parties, governmental agencies, landowners, and members of the general public to consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of the project, and to propose changes or alternatives to the project as necessary. At the Informational Hearing, landowners, members of the general public, and representatives of governmental agencies will have an opportunity to obtain information and to offer comments on the application. The Applicant will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the administrative licensing process and their role in reviewing the application. Applicant and Staff will also discuss proposed schedules and possible issues that may be significant during this proceeding.

The Informational Hearing will be broadcast to Morro Bay live on Channel 54 and also county-wide on Channel 61 beginning at 5 p.m. on February 20, 2001.


In order to assist participants in understanding the project, Staff is directed to prepare and serve, upon those listed on the Proof of Service List, a written statement summarizing the potential major issues in this case no later than Monday, February 12, 2001. Copies of the Staff statement may be obtained by calling Mary Dyas, Project Secretary, at (916) 654-4219. The Staff statement will also be available on the Commission's Internet home page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/morrobay

How to Participate

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 Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free in California, at (800) 822-6228 or, email: PAO@energy.state.ca.us. Please contact Robert Sifuentes at (916) 654-5005 if you require special accommodation to participate at this meeting.

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Kae Lewis, the Commission's Project Manager, at (916) 654-4176 or, email at: klewis@energy.state.ca.us.

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

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/morrobay

Date On Line: January 31, 2001


Commissioner and Presiding Member
Morro Bay AFC Committee

Chairman and Associate Member
Morro Bay AFC Committee

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