[California Energy Commission Letterhead]

Energy Resources Conservation
and Development Commission



The California Energy Commission is the State agency granted exclusive authority to review and license proposals to construct and operate large electric power plants. The Mountainview Power Company, LLC., has filed a proposal to construct a power plant project near the City of Redlands. A Committee of the Commission will begin the regulatory 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 year long public power plant certification process, which contains requirements equivalent to those under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to review all relevant environmental and engineering aspects of the proposed project.

At the Informational Hearing, landowners, members of the general public, and representatives of other governmental agencies will have an opportunity to obtain information and offer comments on the proposal. The Applicant, Mountainview Power Company, LLC., 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 proposed schedules and possible issues that may be significant during the remainder of the proceeding.

Hearing Date & Location:

Tuesday, June 13, 2000
Beginning at 3:00 p.m.
San Bernardino City's Norman F. Feldheym Central Library,
Mary Bell Kellogg Room, Section A (Wheelchair Accessible)
555 West 6th Street, San Bernardino, California 92410

The Informational Hearing will convene at 3:00 p.m. and then recess at 4:30 p.m. to allow for a Site Visit during daylight hours. Bus transportation for the Site Visit will be provided to those persons with a reservation. Personal cars will not be used. The Informational Hearing will reconvene at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Site Visit Reservations:

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 7, 2000.

Project Description:

The proposed Mountainview Power Plant Project would be a nominal 1056-megawatt (MW), natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant. The applicant intends to locate the project at an existing 66 MW power plant site on an 16.3-acre parcel at the northeast corner of San Bernardino Avenue and Mountain View, in an unincorporated section of San Bernardino County. The City of Redlands is currently considering the power plant site for annexation. Negotiations are currently underway to purchase from Southern California Edison an additional 38 acres immediately adjacent to the project site.

The proposed combined cycle power plant would consist of two natural gas-fired combustion turbine generators, two heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), and a steam turbine generator. In the combined cycle process, electricity is created from the combustion turbines and the steam turbine. Natural gas is burned to fire the combustion turbines. Exhaust heat from the two combustion turbines is then used to generate steam

in the HRSGs, which in turn drives the steam turbine electricity generator. The main power facilities for the project would occupy about 16.3 acres and contain the power island, administrative buildings, chemical storage areas, cooling towers and other support facilities. Natural gas would be supplied to the project via a new pipeline approximately 17 miles long. Potential water supply sources for the plant are onsite groundwater derived from two existing wells located on the property site, the offsite Gage Canal wells, and/or depending upon achieving satisfactory resolution of quality and treatment costs, secondary effluent from the City of Redlands Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP). If the secondary effluent is used, Mountainview Power Company proposes to install approximately 2.3 miles of new reclaimed water supply pipeline. New connections to the existing adjacent SCE-owned 230 kilovolt (kV) switchyard are proposed to be added as part of the proposed project. No new transmission lines are proposed.

The project is estimated to have a capital cost of approximately $550 million. The Applicant plans to complete construction and start operation of the combined-cycle unit in 2003. During construction, up to approximately 568 construction jobs will be created over the 19-month construction schedule. A permanent professional workforce of approximately 33 people will operate the plant.

Mountainview Power Company, LLC., would sell its energy via direct sales agreements and in the spot market via the California Power Exchange. Energy output and operational levels would vary according to demand in the deregulated California energy market. Electricity prices and operational levels would not be subject to California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulation.

Filings & More Information:

In order to assist participants in understanding the project, the Commission Staff will prepare and file by June 7, 2000 an Issue Identification Report summarizing the potential major issues in the proceeding. Applicant and Commission staff will separately prepare and file by June 7, 2000 proposed schedules for the remainder of the review process. Copies of these documents may be obtained by calling the Commission's Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or through the Commission's Web Site.

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/mountainview

The environmental and engineering details of the proposed project are contained in the Application for Certification (AFC). Copies of the AFC are available locally at the San Bernardino County Library, 104 W. Fourth Street, San Bernardino; A. K. Smiley Public Library, 125 W. Vine Street, Redlands; Rialto Branch Library, 251 W. 1st Street, Rialto; and Fontana Branch Library, 8334 Emerald Street, Fontana.

(916) 654-4489

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.gov

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

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to the Energy Commission Staff's Project Manager James Reede at (916) 654-1245 or e-mail at: jreede@energy.state.ca.gov

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Garret Shean, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 653-6421 or e-mail at: gshean@energy.state.ca.gov

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

Date On Line: May 26, 2000


Commissioner and Presiding Member
Mountain AFC Committee

Commissioner and Associate Member
Mountainview AFC Committee

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