[California Energy Commission Letterhead]

Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission

In the Matter of:               )    Docket No. 99-AFC-4
Application for Certification   )    NOTICE OF  
of  Duke Energy for the         )    INFORMATIONAL HEARING
MOSS LANDING Power              )    AND       
Plant Project	(MOSS LANDING)  )    SITE VISIT


This Notice is to inform you that the Committee designated to conduct proceedings on the Application for Certification for the Moss Landing project will hold a SITE VISIT and an INFORMATIONAL HEARING as follows:

Meet for Site Visit at 4 p.m.
Assembly Room
Moss Landing Power Plant
Intersection of Highway 1 and Dolan Road
(Enter at Dolan Road Gate)
Moss Landing, California

After gathering at the hearing location, the Applicant will host a visit to the project site. Transportation will be provided and will leave from the hearing location at 4:15 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. Persons planning to go to the Site Visit should notify the CommissionŐs Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, at (916) 654-4489 or, (800) 822-6228 or email pao@energy.state.ca.us no later than Thursday, September 2, 1999. You may also wish to contact the Public Adviser if you have any questions about the project or about participating in the CommissionŐs siting process.

Following the Site Visit, the group will return to the hearing location, and the Informational Hearing will convene at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Project Description

The project is proposed to be located at the existing Moss Landing Power Plant site that has been operated by Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) for approximately 50 years. This site is located at the intersection of Highway 1 and Dolan Road, east of the Moss Landing community near the Moss Landing Harbor.

The project, as proposed by Duke Energy, consists of replacing the existing electric power generation Units 1-5 [a total of 613 megawatts (MW) built in the 1950s and shut down in 1995] with two 530 MW, natural gas-fired combined cycle units. Each combined cycle unit consists of two natural gas fired combustion turbine generators (CTGs), two unfired heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) and a reheat, condensing steam turbine generator (STG). Each combined cycle unit will use seawater for once through cooling. Duke Energy also proposes to upgrade each of the existing Units 6 and 7 by 73 MW. These changes total 1206 MWs (530 + 530 + 73 + 73 MWs). In addition, Duke Energy plans to dismantle eight of the existing stacks that were previously used for Units 1-5.


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.


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 Tuesday, August 31, 1999. Copies of the Staff statement may be obtained by calling Sharee Knight, Project Secretary, at (916) 654-4184 and will also be available on the Commission's Internet home page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/mosslanding


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 Contact Robert Sifuentes at (916) 654-5004 if you require special accommodation to participate at this meeting.

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Paul Richins, the Commission's Project Manager, at (916) 654-4074 or email at: prichins@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: energia@energy.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/mosslanding

Date on Line: August 19, 1999



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