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Notice of Data Response and Issues Resolution
Staff Workshop for the
Panoche Energy Center Project
(06-AFC-5)

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a Data Response and Issues Resolution workshop for the proposed Panoche Energy Center power plant project. The purpose is to discuss the applicant's responses to staff's data requests and to work toward resolving remaining issues. The workshop will provide an opportunity for the public and other interested parties to meet with staff. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.

The workshop will be held:

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2007
California Energy Commission Staff Workshop
5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

City of Mendota
Mendota Community Center
195 Smoot Avenue
Mendota, California 93640
(Wheelchair Accessible)
(Click Here For Map)
Purpose
The Energy Commission staff is currently analyzing Energy Investors Fund Panoche LLC's Application for Certification (AFC) for the proposed development of the Panoche Energy Center (PEC). Staff published Data Requests on December 8, 2006 for the following technical areas: air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geological resources, land use, noise, socioeconomics, soil and water resources, visual resources (plume), and waste management. The staff workshop will focus on PEC's Data Responses and work toward resolving project issues. Following the workshop, staff will consider the comments it receives and publish a Preliminary Staff Assessment containing preliminary recommendations on the proposed project.

Background
On August 2, 2006, Energy Investors Fund, LLC, submitted an Application for Certification (AFC) to construct and operate a 400 megawatt (MW) simple-cycle power plant, the Panoche Energy Center, in an unincorporated area of western Fresno County. The facility site will be located on a 12.8-acre site within a 128-acre parcel. The site is approximately 12 miles southwest of the city of Mendota, 16 miles south-southwest of the city of Firebaugh and approximately 2 miles east of Interstate 5, adjacent to the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) existing Panoche Substation. The proposed site and substation are located south of West Panoche Road. The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing and ultimately approving or denying all applications for thermal electric power plants, with a capacity of 50 MW and greater, proposed for construction in California. On November 8, 2006, the Energy Commission accepted the AFC as complete, which initiated Energy Commission staff's independent review of the proposed project.

Public Participation
The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, provides the public with assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in the project review, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance of the workshop.

Questions
General information, copies of the Application for Certification, staff's data requests, the applicant's data responses and other documents on the proposed project are available on the Energy Commission's website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/panoche/index.html. Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989 or e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us. For general information or technical questions on the subject matter, please contact James W. Reede, Jr., Project Manager, at (916) 653-1245 or by e-mail to jreede@energy.state.ca.us.

If you are unable to attend the workshop, written comments may be sent to the Energy Commission staff's project manager electronically or to the Energy Commission's street address shown on the letterhead of this Notice.




Date Posted: January 22, 2007 ______________________________
  TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Energy Facilities Siting Division

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