For immediate release: February 21, 2001
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Governor Davis Announces Potential Sites
For New Generating Facilities

CEC Report Paves the Way for New Peaker Plants By Summer


SACRAMENTO - Governor Gray Davis today released a report by the California Energy Commission (CEC) listing 32 potential sites throughout the state for the siting of "peaking" power plants to help meet the demand for electricity this summer.

"I am determined to get as much power online as humanly possible by this summer," said Governor Davis. "I commend the CEC for its swift action in developing this report."

In an Executive Order announced two weeks ago as part of his plan to build new generating capacity in the state, Governor Davis charged the CEC with delivering a report with a list of possible sites for peaking facilities - temporary power plants that operate only during periods of peak electricity usage - in an effort to meet this summer's electricity needs. The study released today offers an initial round of sites that have a 95 percent or better probability of being licensed under the State's emergency siting process. All sites have sufficient land to accommodate a temporary peaking plant of 50 megawatts or more. (One megawatt is enough electricity to power 1,000 homes).

The identified sites are close to transmission lines and to ample supplies of natural gas. In addition, they are in areas with available air emissions offsets. The selected locations could supply power in areas hampered by bottlenecks in transmission capability, such as Path 15 in the Central Valley or the San Francisco peninsula.

The next step for the California Energy Commission will be to work with local jurisdictions to ensure that the proposed locations have no overriding land-use restrictions. The sites also must not be close to areas with endangered species or facilities such as hospitals or schools.

In addition, the CEC also will identify potential sites existing on federal and state lands. The agency also met with power plant developers who may have additional potential locations for peaker units.

For a copy of the report, go to www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/peakers/

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