NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL HEARING AND SITE VISIT
On April 29, 2005, Calpine Corporation ("Applicant") filed an Application for Certification (AFC) with the California Energy Commission to construct and operate the Pastoria Energy Facility Expansion. The project is a nominal 160 MW natural gas-fired power plant to be located adjacent to the existing 750 MW Pastoria Energy Facility on Tejon Ranch, about 30 miles south of Bakersfield in Kern County. The Energy Commission has exclusive jurisdiction to license this project and is considering the proposal under a twelve-month review process established by Public Resources Code section 25540.6.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Energy Commission has designated a Committee of two commissioners to conduct proceedings on the application. The Committee has scheduled a public informational hearing and site visit to discuss the proposed project as described below:
Public Informational Hearing begins at 1 p.m.
Site Visit begins at 3 p.m.
Administration Building Conference Room
Dept. of Water Resources
San Joaquin Operations & Maintenance Center
4201 So. Sabodan Street
Bakersfield (Mettler), CA 93313
Conference Room Wheelchair Accessible
DIRECTIONS TO DWR OPERATIONS/MAINTENANCE CENTER ATTACHED
NOTE: All individuals attending the hearing must report to the security guard at the front gate for admittance to the facility. Please notify the Energy Commission's Public Adviser by September 6, 2005, if you plan to attend.
Following the informational hearing, members of the public are invited to join the Committee on a tour of the proposed site. The Applicant will provide transportation from the Center to the site and return. Individual cars may remain parked at the Center parking lot. Individuals may also park at the site. For reservations, please contact the Energy CommissionŐs Public Adviser at (916) 654-4489 or 1-800-822-6228 or e-mail at: [firstname.lastname@example.org].Background
On July 13, 2005, the Energy Commission began review of the proposed Pastoria Energy Facility Expansion project. The review process will take approximately twelve months. During the review period, the Energy Commission will determine whether the proposed project complies with applicable laws related to public health and safety, environmental impacts, and engineering requirements. The informational hearing scheduled by this Notice is sponsored by the Energy Commission to inform the public about the project and to invite public participation in the review process.Project Description
In December 2000, the Energy Commission approved construction of the Pastoria Energy Facility (PEF) on a 31-acre parcel of land at the Tejon Ranch, located 30 miles south of Bakersfield and 6.5 miles east of Grapevine near Interstate Highway 5 (I-5). The PEF, a 750 MW power plant complex, was completed in June 2005 and is currently operating. The proposed PEF Expansion would be constructed on two acres of the 31-acre parcel, adjacent to the existing PEF. The estimated capital cost of the expansion project is $60-80 million with a 12-month construction period.
The PEF Expansion would consist of a nominal 160 MW simple cycle gas-fired combustion turbine generator (CTG) operating in simple cycle mode. The CTG power train would include an exhaust stack generator step-up transformer, air emission reduction equipment, and auxiliary equipment to connect with existing PEF systems for cooling, transmission, fuel gas supply, water treatment, stormwater control, safety systems, and sanitary sewer facilities.
The expansion project would not require any modification to existing PEF linear facilities outside the PEF site. It would use the existing PEF interconnection to the Southern California Edison transmission system at the Pastoria Substation to provide peaking power capacity to Southern California.
No urban development is presently being planned within five miles of the site. Access to the expansion project site would be provided on Edmonston Pumping Plant Road via the existing PEF access road, which was constructed for the PEF.
The engineering and environmental details of the proposed project are contained in the Application for Certification (AFC). Copies of the AFC are available at the local public agencies that are involved in the review process and at the following libraries:
Frazier Park Branch
Kern County Public Library
3025 Mount Pinos Way
Frazier Park, CA 93222
Kern County Library
Beale Memorial Main Branch
701 Truxton Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Purpose of the Informational Hearing
The power plant licensing process, which incorporates requirements equivalent to the California Environmental Quality Act, considers all relevant engineering and environmental aspects of the proposed project. The licensing review provides a public forum allowing the Applicant, Commission staff, governmental agencies, adjacent landowners, and members of the general public to consider the advantages and disadvantages of the project, and to propose changes, mitigation measures, and alternatives as necessary.
The informational hearing scheduled in this Notice provides an opportunity for members of the community in the Bakersfield area to obtain information, to offer comments, and to view the project site. The Applicant will explain plans for developing the project and the related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the administrative licensing process and StaffŐs role in reviewing the application.
Proposed Schedule and Issue Identification Report
To assist participants in understanding the process, Energy Commission staff shall file an updated proposed schedule for project review. Staff shall also file an updated Issue Identification Report summarizing the major issues. Staff's report shall indicate whether Applicant's data responses have been timely and what additional information is necessary to resolve issues of concern. The proposed schedule and StaffŐs report shall be filed by 5 p.m., Thursday, September 1, 2005.
Copies of these documents will be posted on the Energy Commission's Internet web page at: [www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/pastoria].
Printed copies may be obtained from the Public Adviser or the Staff Project Manager as described below.
Public Adviser and Public Participation
The Energy Commission's Public Adviser is available to assist the public in participating in the application review process. For those individuals who have a disability and need assistance in order to participate and for general information on how to participate, please contact the Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (916) 654-4489 or 1-800-822-6228 or e-mail: [email@example.com].
Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to James Reede, the Staff Project Manager, at (916) 653-1245 or e-mail at: [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Susan Gefter, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893 or e-mail at: [email@example.com].
Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications at (916) 654-4989 or e-mail at: [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, may be viewed on the Energy Commission's Internet web page at: [www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/pastoria].
Dated August 10, 2005, at Sacramento, California.
Date Posted: Month 08, 2005
Chairman and Presiding Member
Pastoria Expansion AFC Committee
JAMES D. BOYD
Commissioner and Associate Member
Pastoria Expansion AFC Committee