[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission

In the Matter of:                          )   Docket No. 99-AFC-5
Application for Certification              )   NOTICE OF JULY 25, 2000 
for the Otay Mesa Generating Project       )   STATUS CONFERENCE
[PG&E Generating]                          )   


On May 25, 2000, the Committee issued a Second Revised Scheduling Order based on Applicant's agreement to extend the 12-month schedule.

On June 19 and 27, respectively, Applicant and Staff filed Status Reports (#6) stating that several pending issues identified in the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) have been addressed. Staff, however, requires additional information on gas pipeline capacity, which affects the resolution of issues related to power plant reliability, efficiency, and transmission system engineering. Staff also continues to review issues related to local infrastructure, including traffic and transportation impacts, as well as air quality and biological resources. Staff has scheduled workshops on July 24 and 25 (the workshop on July 24 will be held at the Chula Vista Public Library at 1 p.m. The workshop on July 25 will be at CalTrans, Suite 506, 1450 Frazee Road in San Diego, from 9 a.m. to noon) to discuss the issues of gas pipeline capacity, traffic and transportation, and biological resources (staff workshops on air quality will be scheduled after publication of the PSA on air quality).


After the workshop on July 25, the Committee will conduct a public status conference to identify areas of dispute among the parties and to review the timetable for obtaining necessary information on the topics of air quality, biological resources, traffic and transportation, and gas pipeline capacity. The status conference is scheduled as follows:

TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2000
Beginning at 2:00 p.m.
South Board Chambers, Room 358
San Diego County Administration Building
1600 Pacific Highway
San Diego, California 92101
(Wheelchair Accessible)


The Committee is interested in the parties' views on gas pipeline capacity. To facilitate discussion of this issue, the parties are directed to serve and file written responses to the following questions no later than Thursday, July 20, 2000, and to present their respective positions at the Status Conference.

  1. Provide a copy of the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District's (District) Rule 69. Describe the applicability of District Rule 69 to the Encina and South Bay power plants when they burn fuel oil during periods of gas curtailment. Describe impacts to regional air quality resulting from combustion of fuel oil by Encina and South Bay.

  2. Indicate, in tabular form, peak gas consumption in the SDG&E service territory by month beginning since January 1997.

  3. Indicate, in tabular form, each curtailment episode experienced by the Encina and South Bay power plants since January 1997. Indicate: a) the date of the curtailment; b) the amount curtailed; and c) the reason for the curtailment.

  4. Indicate, in tabular form, each curtailment episode experienced in the SDG&E service territory since January 1997. Indicate: a) the date of the curtailment; b) the amount curtailed both system-wide and by customer class (residential, commercial, industrial, electric generation, other); and c) the reason for the curtailment.

  5. Provide a detailed description of SDG&E's Pipeline 2000 project identified in the Otay Mesa AFC (page 1-6). Include in the description the following: detailed maps, pipeline capacities, and potential expansion capacities.

  6. Provide a copy of SDG&E Rule 14 (priority of service) and explain: a) how it applies to the Encina and South Bay power plants; and b) how it would apply to Otay Mesa.

  7. In its May 6, 2000 Reponse to Staff's Data Requests, the Applicant states that there will be sufficient pipeline capacity for firm customers, including Otay Mesa, as long as Encina and South Bay remain interruptible customers. Staff's Status Report 6 suggests that the owners of the two plants are now asking for firm contracts. Will there be sufficient capacity available to SDG&E's firm customers if firm contracts are signed with Duke and NRG?

  8. Provide a map of the SoCal Gas and SDG&E pipeline systems.

  9. Provide a map of the Applicant's current proposal to interconnect the Otay Mesa project with SDG&E's gas pipeline system.

  10. Provide current and projected gas flows to the Rosarito power plant that would include delivery to the proposed 1,000 MW project development.

  11. What are the potential impacts of the Rosarito power plant on the existing gas delivery systems in the Southern California and Tijuana areas?

  12. What is the operating capacity of the new TGN gas pipeline? What are the prospects for implementing a bi-directional flow system to serve the San Diego area?

  13. For the TGN pipeline, list current customers holding firm capacity and also provide a list potential customers.

  14. Describe the proposed North Baja Pipeline Project and its implications for serving the Otay Mesa project, as well as other potential customers that could potentially interconnect with North Baja via the TGN pipeline.

  15. Explain in conceptual terms how a state-of-the-art power plant, such as the Otay Mesa project, generates more electricity per unit of gas consumed than the older plants, such as Encina and South Bay.


Members of the general public, governmental agencies, and other interested organizations may participate and offer comments on the matters identified above.

The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, is available to provide information and to assist the public in participating at the conference. If you have questions about the process or would like information on how to participate, please call the Public Adviser at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228 or email at: pao@energy.state.ca.us


If you require special accommodations in order to participate, contact Robert Sifuentes at least five days before the Conference at (916) 654-5004 or email at: rsifuent@energy.state.ca.us

News media inquiries should be addressed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for media and public communications at (916) 654-4989 or email at: energia@energy.gov

Technical questions should be directed to Eileen Allen, the Staff's Project Manager at (916) 654-4082 or email at: eallen@energy.state.ca.us

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be addressed to Susan Gefter, the Committee's Hearing Officer at (916) 654-3893 or email at: sgefter@energy.state.ca.us

Information concerning the project, as well as notices and other relevant Commission documents, may be found on the Commission's Webpage for this proceeding at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/otaymesa

Date On-line: July 11, 2000


ROBERT A. LAURIE, Commissioner
Presiding Committee Member
Otay Mesa AFC Committee

ROBERT PERNELL, Commissioner
Associate Committee Member
Otay Mesa AFC Committee

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