[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission




In the Matter of:                      )     DOCKET NO. 01-EP-6
Application for Certification of       )
CALPINE KING CITY LM 6000 PROJECT      )     AAPPLICATION FILED ON:	
BY CALPINE CORPORATION                 )     APRIL 5, 2001
_______________________________________)


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 CALPINE KING CITY LM 6000 (Project), will hold a SITE VISIT, INFORMATIONAL HEARING, AND ADOPTION HEARING as detailed below.

I. SITE VISIT

Thursday, April 19, 2001
Bus Transportation Will Be Provided to Proposed Site
Assemble at King City, City Hall
212 South Vanderhurst Avenue
King City, CA 93930
ASSEMBLE AT 5:00 P.M.
[Wheelchair Accessible]

II. INFORMATIONAL HEARING

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

Thursday, April 19, 2001
Beginning at approximately 6:00 p.m.
King City, City Hall
Council Chambers
212 South Vanderhurst Avenue
King City, CA 93930
[Wheelchair Accessible]

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 17, 2001.

Calpine King City LM 6000 Project Description

The Calpine King City LM 6000 project is proposed to be a 50 Megawatt (MW), natural-gas-fired simple-cycle peaking facility located on a 6.7 acre cleared and graded portion of leased property adjacent to the existing King City Co-Generation facility. The proposed facility, Calpine LM 6000 King City project, is located adjacent to Calpine's King City Co-Generation facility at 750 Metz Road. The Calpine King City LM 6000 project requires no new linear facilities. The project will interconnect to PG&E's electricity transmission system through a radial tie to the existing lines at a point in the northwest corner of the King City Co-Generation property lease-hold. Natural gas will be provided through an on-site connection to the existing facility's PG&E's gas supply. The project will use raw well water through a connection with the existing facility's water supply system. On-site trailer-mounted or skid-mounted water treatment (reverse-osmosis and demineralization) units will provide de-mineralized water on demand for turbine injection and cooling. Wastewater will be returned to the existing facility's wastewater system.

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 Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District and the 30 day notice was issued on approximately April 11, 2001. To participate in that process contact Michael Sewell at (831) 647-9418 extension 230. 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 Cal Pine King City LM 6000 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]

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 sites in 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 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/index.html

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 11, 2001




THOMAS GLAVIANO, Manager
Emergency Siting Hearing Office




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