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NOTICE OF RECEIPT
PETITION TO AMEND
THE ENERGY COMMISSION DECISION FOR THE
LOS MEDANOS ENERGY CENTER (98-AFC-1C)

On March 17, 2008, the Los Medanos Energy Center, LLC filed a petition with the California Energy Commission requesting to modify the Los Medanos Energy Center (LMEC) Project. The 555 megawatt project was certified by the Energy Commission on September 17, 1999 and began commercial operation on July 9, 2001. The facility, formerly known as Pittsburg District Energy Facility, is located in the City of Pittsburg, in eastern Contra Costa County.

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED MODIFICATION

The proposed modification would add a new 4,950-foot-long (0.93-mile-long) double-circuit 115-kilovolt transmission line extending from LMEC to the Dow Pittsburg Facility (DOW) owned by Dow Chemical Company located east of LMEC. This transmission line will be a dedicated line allowing Los Medanos Energy Center LLC's parent company (Calpine Corporation) and Dow Chemical Company to decommission an older, less efficient power plant at the DOW facility. The DOW power plant would be removed and the chemical facility's electricity needs would be met by newer, cleaner, and more efficient power from the LMEC facility. Because of the close proximity of LMEC to DOW, there will be little transmission loss of electricity.

ENERGY COMMISSION REVIEW PROCEDURES

The purpose of the Energy Commission's review process is to assess the impacts of this proposal on environmental quality, public health and safety. The review process includes an evaluation of the consistency of the proposed changes with the Energy Commission's Decision and to determine whether the project, as modified, will remain in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (Title 20, Calif. Code of Regulations, section 1769). Energy Commission staff is currently analyzing the request and will publish an analysis during the next several months. A public hearing for the purpose of approving or denying the amendment proposal will subsequently be held at a regularly scheduled Energy Commission business meeting.

This Notice of Receipt is being mailed to interested parties and property owners adjacent to the project site who may want to participate in the amendment process.

The petition is available on the Energy Commission's website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/pittsburg/compliance/index.html. The staff analysis (when published), will also be posted on the website. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the petition and/or staff's analysis, please complete the enclosed Information Request Form and return it to the address shown.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact Ron Yasny, Compliance Project Manager, at (916) 651-1227, or by fax to (916) 654-3882, or via e-mail at: ryasny@energy.state.ca.us within 14 days of the date of this notice.

For further information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact the Energy Commission Public Adviser's Office, at (916) 654-4489, or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us. News media inquiries should be directed to the Energy Commission's Media Office, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.



Date Posted: April 10, 2008 ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
 

________/signed/_______
EILEEN ALLEN, Manager,
Siting and Compliance Office
Energy Facilities Siting Division

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