[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


On November 30, 1999, Enron North America Corporation filed an Application for Certification (AFC) seeking approval from the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) to construct and operate the proposed 750-megawatt (MW) Pastoria Energy Facility (PEF). The electric generation facility will operate in combined cycle mode burning natural gas. The project will also include the construction and operation of ancillary facilities including water supply lines, a natural gas pipeline, an electric transmission line to connect with the grid, and wastewater disposal facilities. The project is proposed to be located on 30 acres at the Tejon Ranch. The ranch is located about 30 miles south of Bakersfield and about 6.5 miles east of Interstate 5 near the base of the Tehachapi Mountains.

The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing and ultimately approving or denying all thermal electric power plants, 50 MW and greater, proposed for construction in California. The Energy Commission's facility certification process carefully examines public health and safety, environmental impacts and engineering aspects of proposed power plants and all related facilities such as electric transmission lines, natural gas pipelines, and waterlines. The Energy Commission's responsibilities are similar to those of a lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).


The purpose of the AFC process is to enable the Energy Commission to make a determination regarding the need for the project and to assess the project's impact on environmental quality, electrical system reliability, and public health and safety. Over the next twelve months, the Energy Commission will conduct a number of public workshops and hearings to determine whether the project should be approved for construction and operation and under what set of conditions. These workshops will provide the public and local, state and federal agencies the opportunity to ask questions and provide input about the proposed project. The Energy Commission will issue notices for these workshops and hearings, normally 14 days, but in no case later than 10 days prior to the meeting. If you are not currently receiving these notices and want to be placed on the mailing list, please contact Sharee Knight, Project Secretary, at (916) 654-4184 or e-mail at sknight@energy.state.ca.us.

If you want information on how you can participate in the Energy Commission's review of the project, please contact Ms. Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228.

Technical or project schedule questions should be directed to Paul Richins, Energy Commission Project Manager at (916) 654-4074. The status of the project, copies of notices, and other relevant documents are also available on the Energy Commission's web site at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/pastoria.

This notice of receipt has been mailed to all parties that have requested to be placed on the mailing list during prefiling and to property owners located adjacent to the project site and any of the project-related facilities. By being on the mailing list, you will receive notices of all project-related activities and notices when documents related to the project's review are available. You can also subscribe to receive e-mail notification of all notices at http://www.energy.ca.gov/html/listservers.html. If you want your name removed from the mailing list, please contact Sharee Knight, Project Secretary, at (916) 654-4184, or e-mail at sknight@energy.state.ca.us.

A copy of the AFC document is available for public inspection at the Kern County Public Library (701 Truxtun Ave. Bakersfield). Copies are also available at the Energy Commission's Library in Sacramento, the California State Library in Sacramento, and at public libraries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Fresno, and Eureka. In addition, copies will be distributed to those public agencies that would normally have jurisdiction except for the Energy Commission's exclusive authority to certify sites and related facilities.

DATE ON LINE: December 8, 1999

Energy Facilities Siting and Environmental Protection

Enclosure (not available with on line document)

| Back to Main Page | Homepage | Calendar | Directory/Index | Search |