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STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission





	
APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION     )     DOCKET NO. 01-EP-9
OF THE                            )
PEGASUS PROJECT                   )     APPLICATION FOUND COMPLETE ON:
PEGASUS POWER PARTNERS, LLC       )     MAY 11, 2001
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NOTICE OF SITE VISIT,
INFORMATIONAL HEARING,
AND ADOPTION HEARING ON PROPOSED POWER PLANT


A new power plant has been proposed to be built in the City of Chino. The Commissioner designated to conduct proceedings on the proposed Pegasus Project (Project), will hold a SITE VISIT, INFORMATIONAL HEARING, AND ADOPTION HEARING as follows:

I. SITE VISIT***

Wednesday, May 16, 2001
Bus Transportation Will Be Provided to Proposed Site
Assemble at the Chino City Hall
13220 Central Avenue
Chino, CA 91710
ASSEMBLE AT 5:30 P.M.
[Wheelchair Accessible]

II. INFORMATIONAL HEARING

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2001
Beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Chino City Hall
13220 Central Avenue
Chino, CA 91710
[Wheelchair Accessible]

***This site visit will be conducted inside the California Institute for Men in Chino. Waivers and special restrictions on dress, etc. may be required. Please consult the Public Advisors for details before signing up for the site visit.

Before the plant can be built it must be certified by the California Energy Commission and obtain a 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 Pegasus 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 Commission's 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 14, 2001.

Pegasus Project Description

Pegasus Power Partners, LLC, proposes to construct a simple cycle peaking electric generation facility consisting of four General Electric (GE) LM6000 Enhanced Sprint gas turbine engines. The project consists of (4) 45 MW gas fired simple cycle electricity generation units. Three of the four will be completed by September 30, 2001. One unit is expected to be completed by March 31, 2002. The Energy Commission will be certifying all 4 units under the Governor's Executive Orders D-26-01 and D-28-01 which expedite the permitting process for peaking and renewable power plants that can be provide electrical power to California by September 30, 2001. The project will be located on the grounds of the California Institution for Men (CIM) in the City of Chino, San Bernardino County, California.

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 Pegasus Project. Under state and federal rules, the air permitting process requires issuance of an Authority to Construct (ATC). Issuance of an ATC usually requires a 30-day public notice period. For the Pegasus Project, the permitting agency is the South Coast Air Quality Management District. To participate in that process contact Chandra Bhatt (909) 396-2653. In general, permanent construction on the Project, if licensed by the California Energy Commission, will not begin before the end of the 30-day air permit notice period.


III. ADOPTION HEARING

The Energy Commission will hold a hearing to consider whether or not to grant a certification for the Pegasus Project on the following date. The Energy Commission, in deciding this case, will consider the Commissioner's Proposed Decision and public comments received at the informational and adoption hearings, as well as the other written documents in the record.

Wednesday, June 6, 2001
Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
California Energy Commissio
n 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 Kevin Kennedy, the Project Manager, at (916) 651-8836 or e-mail: kkennedy@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) "all reasonable conservation, allocation, and service restriction measures will not alleviate this energy supply emergency," and (2) "the 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."

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 11, 2001, at Sacramento, California



_______//signed//________
THOMAS GLAVIANO, Manager
Emergency Siting Hearing Office

Date Online: May 12, 2001





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