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STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission





	
APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION       )     DOCKET NO. 01-EP-12
OF THE                              )
LANCASTER ENERGY FACILITY NO. 1     )     [APPLICATION FOUND COMPLETE 
ELECTRICITY PROVIDER, INC.          )     ON: JUNE 4, 2001)
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NOTICE OF SITE VISIT,
INFORMATIONAL HEARING,
AND ADOPTION HEARING ON PROPOSED POWER PLANT


Electricity Provider, Inc. proposes to build a new power plant in the City of Lancaster. The Commissioner designated by the California Energy Commission to conduct proceedings on the proposed Lancaster Energy Facility No. 1 (Project), will hold a Site Visit, Informational Hearing, and Adoption Hearing as follows:

I. SITE VISIT

Monday, June 11, 2001
Bus Transportation Will Be Provided to Proposed Site
Assemble at Lancaster City Hall
44933 No. Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
ASSEMBLE AT 5:30 P.M.
(Emergency Operations Center) [Wheelchair Accessible]

II. INFORMATIONAL HEARING

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

Monday, June 11, 2001
Beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Lancaster City Hall
44933 No. Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
[Wheelchair Accessible]

Before the plant can be built it must be certified by the California Energy Commission and obtain an air permit from the Antelope Valley Air Pollution Control District. 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 Lancaster 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 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 June 7, 2001..

Lancaster Energy Facility No. 1 Project Description

The applicant, Electricity Provider, Inc., proposes to construct a 240 megawatt (MW) simple cycle peaking electric generating facility, consisting of four General Electric (GE) Frame 7-B water injected gas turbine engines. The project is called the Lancaster Energy Facility #1 and will be located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Division Street and Avenue H in the City of Lancaster, California. Natural gas will be supplied to the project site via a new 22.8 miles pipeline, which will interconnect to the Mojave-Kern River pipeline and be constructed from the City of Mojave to the project site.

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 Lancaster Energy Facility No. 1 Project. Under state and federal rules, the air permitting process requires issuance of an Authority to Construct (ATC) from the Antelope Valley Air Pollution Control 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 Bret Banks at (661) 723-8070. 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 Lancaster Energy Facility No. 1 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.

MEETING POSTPONED
NOT YET RESCHEDULED

NOTE DATE / TIME CHANGE!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2001
Beginning at 9:00 a.m.

California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
[Wheelchair Accessible]

Note: JULY 5th MEETING
POSTPONED TO JULY 11, 2001

NOTE DATE / TIME CHANGE!!
Thursday, July 5, 2001
Beginning at 2 p.m.

Monday, June 25, 2001
Beginning at 10 a.m.

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 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 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 July 10, 2001, at Sacramento, California



_______________________
THOMAS GLAVIANO, Manager
Emergency Siting Hearing Office



Date Online: July 10, 2001





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