[California Energy Commission Letterhead]

In the Matter of                      )     Docket No. 99-AFC-5
Application for Certification         )     NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL
for the Otay Mesa Generating Project  )     HEARING AND SITE VISIT
(PG&E Generating)                     )


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Committee designated to conduct proceedings in the above-captioned matter will hold an Informational Hearing and Site Visit to discuss the OTAY MESA GENERATING PROJECT as follows:

4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Chula Vista Public Services Building
Council Chambers
276 Fourth Avenue
Chula Vista, California 91910
[Wheelchair Accessible]

The Informational Hearing will convene at 4 p.m. and then recess to allow for a Site Visit during daylight hours. Bus transportation to the site will leave from the Public Services Building at 4:30 p.m. Following the Site Visit, the buses will return to the Public Services Building, and the Informational Hearing will reconvene at approximately 6:00 p.m. For bus reservations, see page 3 below.

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. The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, will be present to assist interested individuals or organizations and to provide information on participating in the Commission's certification process. She may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228 or e-mail: pao@energy.state.ca.us


On August 2, 1999, the Otay Mesa Generating Company (a subsidiary of PG&E Generating) filed an Application for Certification (AFC) that proposes to develop a 510-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant in the Otay Mesa area in San Diego County. On October 6, 1999, the Energy Commission began its 12-month review of the AFC to determine whether the project will comply with all applicable laws. The Informational Hearing scheduled in this Notice is sponsored by the Commission to inform the public about the project and to invite public participation in this review.

Project Description

The Otay Mesa Generating Project will be located on a 15-acre parcel within a 46-acre property on the eastern portion of the Otay Mesa. The site is approximately 15 miles southeast of the City of San Diego, near the western base of the San Ysidro Mountains and about 1.5 miles north of the United States/Mexico border. The 46-acre property is about 800 feet east of Alta Road and 1,500 feet north of Otay Mesa Road. The site is undeveloped and consists primarily of fallow agricultural land. It is zoned for mixed industrial uses in an area planned for industrial and commercial development. Land uses in the area include the Donovan State Correctional Facility to the northwest, and several businesses located at the former Kuebler Ranch to the north of the site. The access route to the site is Otay Mesa Road, turning north on Alta Road. (See attached Figure 3.2-1 - not available in on-line version).

The natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant will generate up to 510 MW of electricity. It includes two power islands, each of which will include a combustion turbine generator, a heat recovery steam generator with duct burners, a steam turbine generator, and air-cooled condensers. In addition, the project includes a new 230 kilovolt (kV) switchyard, with a 0.1 mile connection to San Diego Gas & ElectricÕs (SDG&E) existing 230 kV Miguel-Tijuana transmission line that passes near the eastern boundary of the proposed site. A 9-mile section of this existing line may be modified to accommodate the addition of new conductors (i.e., wires carrying electricity) on existing towers, between an interconnection point east of the plant site and SDG&EÕs Miguel substation. SDG&E will build a new two-mile natural gas pipeline to provide fuel for the project. The gas pipeline will connect to SDG&EÕs Pipeline 2000, which is currently under construction.

The project will use dry cooling technology, while process water for steam generation and potable water for domestic needs will be supplied by the Otay Water District via a 0.2 mile pipeline connection to an existing line in Johnson Canyon.

The engineering and environmental details of the proposed project are contained in the Application for Certification. Copies of the AFC are available at the San Diego Public Library, South Chula Vista Library, and the Otay Mesa Branch Library in San Diego County.

Electrical energy produced by this proposed "merchant" power plant will be sold in California's competitive electricity market. A merchant plant is built with private funding, without creating any direct financial liability for electricity consumers. The project will sell electricity on the deregulated electricity market through the California Power Exchange.

Purpose of the Informational Hearing

Licensing of the electric generating plant and related facilities, such as the transmission line and natural gas pipeline, 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 review 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 proposal. The Applicant will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the administrative licensing process and StaffÕs role in reviewing the application. Applicant and Staff will also discuss proposed schedules and possible issues that may be significant during this proceeding.


After the Informational Hearing is convened, the Applicant will host a visit to the project site. Bus transportation will be provided from the Hearing location. Landowners, members of the general public, and governmental agencies are invited to participate in this tour. Persons planning to go to the Site Visit should make a reservation with the Public Adviser at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228 or e-mail pao@energy.state.ca.us no later than Wednesday, November 10, 1999.


In order to assist participants in understanding the project, Applicant and Staff shall file proposed schedules for the certification review, and Staff shall file an Issue Identification Report summarizing the potential major issues in this case no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 1999. Identify all filings with "Docket No. 99-AFC-5."

Copies of these documents may be obtained after November 8th by calling the Public AdviserÕs office at (800) 822-6228. StaffÕs proposed schedule and Issue Identification Report will also be available on the CommissionÕs Internet Web page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/otaymesa


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 e-mail: pao@energy.state.ca.us

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Eileen Allen, the Commission's Project Manager, at (916) 654-4082 or e-mail at: eallen@energy.state.ca.us

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Susan Gefter, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893 or e-mail at: sgefter@energy.state.ca.us

If you require special accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Robert Sifuentes at (916) 654-5004 or e-mail at: rsifuent@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 e-mail 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/otaymesa

Date On Line: October 21, 1999


Commissioner and Presiding Member
Otay Mesa AFC Committee

Commissioner and Associate Member
Otay Mesa AFC Committee

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