[Workshop Notice Letterhead]

Palomar Energy Project
PSA Workshop

Purpose: On August 28, 2002, the staff of the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) filed its draft independent analysis of the Palomar Energy Project (PEP). The staff's draft analysis, known as the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA), is available for download from our web site identified below, or you may contact Bob Eller, the project manager (see below), to have it mailed to you. The PSA provides staff's environmental and engineering analysis of the project and includes the review of the potential air quality, public health, noise, traffic, visual, biological, cultural and paleontologic resource impacts of the project. The purpose of this workshop is to receive comments on staff's technical analysis from the Applicant, members of the public, Intervenors in the proceeding, and local, state and federal agencies. The staff will carefully consider and respond to in drafting the Final Staff Assessment (FSA). Public comments are welcome and encouraged to be submitted in writing by September 27.
When: Thursday, September 19, 2002     3 - 5 p.m.   and  6 p.m. - no later than 10 p.m.
(Agenda will be posted on the Web Page listed below at least one week prior)
Location: City Of Escondido
City Hall - Mitchell Room [wheelchair accessible]
201 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025

Project Summary: On November 28, 2001, Palomar Energy LLC filed an Application for Certification (AFC), for its proposed PEP seeking approval to construct and operate a 546 MW natural gas-fired, combinedcycle electric generating facility. The PEP is under the permitting authority of the Energy Commission and would be located on a vacant 20-acre site within a proposed 186-acre industrial park in the City of Escondido, San Diego County, California. The industrial park project, known as the Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC), is currently undergoing land use permitting and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, with the City of Escondido as Lead Agency. The PEP site is located west of Interstate 15 and south of State Highway 78, about 600 feet southwest of the intersection of Vineyard Avenue and Enterprise Street.
Public Participation: The public is encouraged to participate and provide comments. For information on how to participate in the Commission's review of the proposed project, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at: [PAO@energy.state.ca.us]. If you require special accommodations, contact Lourdes Quiroz at least five days prior to the workshop at (916) 654-5146.
Agency Participation: The Energy Commission staff encourages attendance by representatives of those federal, state, and local agencies that have either direct or indirect interests in the purposes of this workshop.
Questions: General information on the proposed power plant is available on the Energy Commission's Web Site at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/palomar. Inquiries about the project schedule or analysis should be directed to Bob Eller, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 651-8835, or e-mail at: [beller@energy.state.ca.us]. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director, at (916) 654-4989, or e-mail at [energia@energy.ca.gov].

Date: September 9, 2002

John L. Geesman,
Commissioner and Presiding Member

Date Online: September 10, 2002

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