[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission

OF THE	 (MARCH 16, 2001)         )


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


March 22, 2001
Bus Transportation Will Be Provided to Proposed Site
Assemble at City of Chula Vista Public Service Building
276 Fourth Avenue
Chula Vista, CA


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

March 22, 2001
Beginning at approximately 5:00 p.m.
City of Chula Vista Public Service Building
Council Chambers
276 Fourth Avenue
Chula Vista, CA
[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 March 21, 2001.

Larkspur Project Description (San Diego)

Wildflower Energy LP proposes to construct the Larkspur Energy Facility (LEF), a simple-cycle, dual fueled peaking electric generation facility consisting of two GE LM6000 gas turbine engines generating 90 MW. The LEF will be located at the corner of Harvest Road and Otay Mesa Road located in the City of San Diego, in San Diego County. The facility will connect to the existing San Diego Gas & Electric substation adjacent to the site via a new 500 foot 69 kV overhead transmission line. Natural gas will be supplied to the facility via a new 500 foot 12-inch diameter interconnection to the existing SDG&E 36-inch natural gas line adjacent to the site. During periods of natural gas curtailment, the facility will operate on diesel fuel oil. The Larkspur project will incorporate selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to reduce project emissions. NOx emissions, when operating with natural gas, are 5 ppm. NOx emission during curtailment periods are 42 ppm. The facility will consume approximately 320 gallons/minute of water, peak, supplied via an interconection with the existing Otay Water District line adjacent to the project. Waste water from the project will be discharged to the existing San Diego Metropolitan Wastewater District system sewer lines adjacent to the site. Hazardous materials required and stored onsite for the project are aqueous ammonia and diesel fuel oil.

The project is expected to be in operation by June 1, 2001. The construction will take approximately 2.5 months and will begin upon Commission approval of the project.

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.


The Energy Commission will hold a hearing to consider adopting a Proposed Decision on the Larkspur Energy Facility on the following date.

April 4, 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 to 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 to 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 can be directed to Tim Schmelzer, Assistant Director, Office of Governmental Affairs, at (916) 654-4942 or e-mailed to 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 at www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/peakers/index.html.


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 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.

This proclamation was issued after the Governor had issued executive orders for conservation, energy efficiency and to reduce peak demand. In Executive Order D-26-01, 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 Order D-26-01 directs 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 July 31, 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.

Dated March 19, 2001, at Sacramento, California

Emergency Siting Hearing Office

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