[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


BEFORE THE ENERGY RESOURCES
CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA



	
APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION         )     DOCKET NO. 01-EP-11
OF THE                                )     APPLICATION COMPLETED:
BALDWIN ENERGY FACILITY NO. 1         )     MAY 24, 2001
LA JOLLA ENERGY DEVELOPMENT, INC.     )
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NOTICE OF SITE VISIT, INFORMATIONAL HEARING,
AND ADOPTION HEARING ON PROPOSED POWER PLANT

La Jolla Energy Development, Inc. proposes to build a new power plant in the County of Los Angeles. The Commissioner designated by the California Energy Commission to conduct proceedings on the proposed Baldwin Energy Facility No. 1 (Project), will hold a Site Visit, Informational Hearing, and Adoption Hearing as follows:

I. SITE VISIT

Thursday, May 31, 2001
Bus Transportation Will Be Provided to Proposed Site
Assemble at the City Hall
9770 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232-0507
ASSEMBLE AT 5:30 P.M.
[Wheelchair Accessible]


II. INFORMATIONAL HEARING

Immediately following the site visit an Informational Hearing will be held as follows:

Thursday, May 31, 2001
Beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers
9770 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232-0507
[Wheelchair Accessible]

Before the plant can be built it must be certified by the California Energy Commission and obtain an air permit from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). This notice describes the process the Energy Commission will use to consider granting a certificate and provides information about the air district permit. Under emergency authority granted by the Governor on emergency "peaker" power plants, which are designed to be built quickly, the Commission intends to complete its process on the Baldwin Energy Facility No. 1 project in approximately 21 days.

Landowners, members of the general public, and interested agencies are invited to attend this event, or any portion of this event. An opportunity will be provided to submit written questions concerning the project and the Commissionís emergency siting process. These written questions will be addressed at the hearing if possible. In addition, anyone may make oral comments or submit written comments at the informational hearing or at the adoption hearing described below.

The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, can assist interested individuals and organizations as well as provide information on participating in the Commission's emergency siting process. For information regarding this Project call (800) 273-4459. Persons planning to attend the site visit should notify Ms. Mendonca at the phone number noted above or by email at pao@energy.state.ca.us no later than May 29, 2001.

Baldwin Energy Facility No. 1 Project Description

The applicant, La Jolla Energy Development, Inc., proposes to construct a 53 Megawatt (MW) peaking electric generation facility consisting of two GE-LM-2500 gas turbine engines. The facility will be configured in a simple cycle mode. The project is called the Baldwin Energy Facility No. 1 and will be located within the Inglewood Oilfield in Los Angeles County.

Issues Identification

At the information hearing, to assist participants in understanding the Project, the applicant will make a presentation describing the proposed project. Commission staff will identify its major concerns about the proposed project.

A local air district permit is also required for the Baldwin Energy Facility No. 1 Project. Under state and federal rules, the air permitting process requires issuance of an Authority to Construct (ATC) from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Final issuance of the ATC is dependant on a project permit from California Energy Commission. For information on the status of the ATC contact Hamilton Stoddard, at (909) 396-2482. In general, permanent construction on the project, if licensed by the California Energy Commission, will not begin prior to completion of the 30 day notice period.


III. ADOPTION HEARING

The Energy Commission will hold a hearing to consider whether or not to grant a certification for the Baldwin Energy Facility No. 1 Project on the following date. The Energy Commission, in deciding this case, will consider the Commissionerís Proposed Decision and public comments received at the informational and adoption hearings, as well as the other written documents in the record.

POSTPONED TO
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2001
Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
[Wheelchair Accessible]

How to Participate

Members of the public may participate in the licensing process in a variety of ways. If you need information concerning public participation, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser. For information regarding sites in Northern California, call (877) 602-4747 and for Southern California, call (800) 273-4459. You may also e-mail her at PAO@energy.state.ca.us

Please contact Robert Sifuentes, Equal Employment Officer, at (916) 654-5004, if you require special accommodation to participate at this meeting.

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Jim Bartridge, the Project Manager, at (916) 651-8839 or e-mail: jbartrid@energy.state.ca.us

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Tom Glaviano, Manager, Emergency Siting Hearing Office, at (916) 651-8893 or e-mail: tglavian@energy.state.ca.us

Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director for Media and Public Communications at (916) 654-4989.

Legislative inquiries should be directed to Tim Schmelzer, Assistant Director, Office of Governmental Affairs, at (916) 654-4942 or e-mail: tschmelz@energy.ca.gov

If you are interested in receiving information electronically on the emergency peaking power plants, please sign up at the Energy Commission's Web Site at www.energy.ca.gov/html/listservers.html

Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is also available on the Energy Commission's Web Site: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/peakers/

IV. BACKGROUND

On January 17, 2001, Governor Gray Davis proclaimed a State of Emergency due to the energy shortage in the State of California, and on February 8 and March 8, 2001, he issued Executive Orders D-26-01 and D-28-01. The Executive Orders require the Energy Commission to invoke the emergency siting procedures in Public Resources Code section 25705 to expedite the licensing of all new renewable and peaking power plants that could be available for service by September 30, 2001.

Executive Orders D-26-01 and D-28-01 were issued after the Governor had issued executive orders to stimulate conservation and energy efficiency and to reduce peak demand. In Executive Orders D-26-01 and D-28-01, Governor Davis made the findings that (1) ěall reasonable conservation, allocation, and service restriction measures will not alleviate this energy supply emergency,î and (2) ěthe energy supply emergency poses a threat to public health and safety and requires the siting of new power plants that can be on line to avoid electricity supply shortages this summer and next.î

Pursuant to the Executive Orders, the Energy Commission has set aside its normal licensing procedures and will consider certifying facilities under the emergency siting process to protect the public interest.

Dated May 24, 2001, at Sacramento, California

_______________________________
THOMAS GLAVIANO, Manager
Emergency Siting Hearing Office




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