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STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission





	
APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION     )     DOCKET NO. 01-EP-7
OF THE	                          )
HANFORD ENERGY PARK PEAKER        )     APPLICATION FILED ON:
GWF POWER SYSTEMS COMPANY, INC.   )     APRIL 9, 2001
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NOTICE OF SITE VISIT, INFORMATIONAL HEARING,
AND ADOPTION HEARING ON PROPOSED POWER PLANT

The Commissioner designated to conduct proceedings on the above captioned matter for the HANFORD ENERGY PARK PEAKER (Project), will hold a SITE VISIT, INFORMATIONAL HEARING, AND ADOPTION HEARING as detailed below.

I. SITE VISIT

Friday, April 20, 2001
Bus Transportation Will Be Provided to Proposed Site
Assemble at Comfort Inn
10 North Irwin
Hanford, CA 93230
ASSEMBLE AT 4:30 P.M.
[Wheelchair Accessible]
(See Map A Attached)

II. INFORMATIONAL HEARING

Immediately following the site visit an Informational Hearing will be held as detailed below.

Friday, April 20, 2001
Beginning at approximately 6:00 p.m.
Comfort Inn
10 North Irwin
Hanford, CA 93230
[Wheelchair Accessible]
(See Map B Attached)

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.

The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, can assist interested individuals or organizations and provide information on participating in the Commission's emergency siting process. For information regarding sites in Northern California, call (877) 602-4747 and for sites in Southern California, call (800) 273-4459. Persons planning to attend the site visit should notify Ms. Mendonca at the appropriate phone number noted above or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us no later than April 18, 2001.

Hanford Energy Park Peaker Project Description

This proposed 95 Megawatt (MW) simple-cycle natural gas-fired power plant at the Hanford Electric Park (HEP) in Hanford, Kings County, California, is designated the Hanford Energy Park Peaker (HEPP). GWF Power Systems Company, Inc. (GWF) is applying to the California Energy Commission to construct and operate the HEPP plant at the HEP, immediately adjacent to the existing GWF Hanford co-generation plant just north of Idaho Avenue, between the existing GWF facility to the west and the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway tracks to the east.

Issues Identification

To assist participants in understanding the project, the applicant will make a presentation describing the proposed project. Commission staff will make a presentation identifying any major areas of concern related to the proposed project.

A local air district permit is also required for this project. Under state and federal rules, the air permitting process requires issuance of an Authority to Construct (ATC). Issuance of such a document usually requires a 30 day public notice period. For this project, the permitting district is the San Joaquin Valley and the 30 day notice was issued on approximately March 27, 2001. To participate in that process contact Dave Warner at (559) 230-5900. Normally, permanent construction on the project if licensed by the California Energy Commission, will not begin prior to completion of the 30 day air permit notice period.

III. ADOPTION HEARING

The Energy Commission will hold a hearing to consider adopting a Proposed Decision on the Hanford Energy Park Peaker project on the following date.

Wednesday, May 2, 2001
Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA
[Wheelchair Accessible]
(See Map B Attached)

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 Northern 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 Bob Eller, the Project Manager, at (916) 651-8835 or e-mail: beller@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, 2001, he issued Executive Order D-26-01 and on March 8, 2001, he issued Executive Order D-28-01 requiring 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 July 31, 2001 or at the latest, September 30, 2001.

This proclamation was issued after the Governor had issued executive orders for conservation, 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."

The Governor's Executive Orders D-26-01 and D-28-01 direct the Energy Commission to take immediate steps to expedite the permitting process for peaking and renewable power plants that can be on-line and in production by September 30, 2001. Nonjurisdictional peaking and renewable power plants that have power purchase contracts with the Independent System Operator have the option of applying to the Commission for emergency permitting. Pursuant to the proclamation, the Energy Commission has set aside its normal licensing procedures and will license facilities under the emergency siting process to protect the public interest.

Date Online: April 12, 2001

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




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