[California Energy Commission Letterhead]  
 

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Energy Resources Conservation
and Development Commission

 
 
 

In the Matter of:
Application for Certification
for the Pittsburg District
Energy Facility
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    Docket No. 98-AFC-1

    NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL
    HEARING -and- SITE VISIT


I. INFORMATIONAL HEARING


The Committee designated to conduct proceedings on the Application for Certification for the Pittsburg District Energy Facility (PDEF) will hold an INFORMATIONAL HEARING as follows:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1998
Beginning at 5 p.m.
Marina Community Center
340 Marina Blvd.
Pittsburg, California
[Wheelchair Accessible]

Site Visit Following Hearing



Landowners, members of the general public, and interested agencies are invited to attend this event and may question the Applicant and Energy Commission staff concerning the project. The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, will also be present to assist interested individuals or groups and to provide information on participating in the Commission's certification process. She may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228.


Project Description

PDEF's Application For Certification (AFC) proposes to develop a 500 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired cogeneration powerplant in eastern Contra Costa County. The PDEF will be located in the City of Pittsburg on a 12-acre site on East 3rd Street, west of the intersection of East 3rd and Columbia. (See attached map). The site is on the northwest corner of property owned by USS-POSCO Industries, which will receive process steam from the proposed powerplant. The project also includes a 20-acre construction laydown area to the south of the proposed site.

The project will include construction of a new truck bypass road; a new 115 kilovolt (kV) overhead transmission line to connect the project to Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) existing system; and a new 115 kV line to connect the PDEF with the USS-Posco Industries plant. The project will also involve construction of pipeline facilities including a new natural gas pipeline and a new reclaimed water line. All of the pipeline facilities will be buried underground. The engineering and environmental details of the proposed project are contained in the AFC.

Electrical energy produced by this proposed "merchant" powerplant will be sold in California's newly created electricity market. (A merchant plant is built with private funding, and without creating any financial liability for ratepayers.) Approximately 450 MW of electricity will be sold on the deregulated electricity market through the Independent System Operator. Up to 60 MW of electricity will be provided to USS-POSCO, and approximately 75,000 pounds per hour of steam will be provided to USS-POSCO for use in their industrial processes.



Purpose of the Informational Hearing

Licensing of the electric generating plant and related facilities, such as the transmission line and natural gas pipeline, is under the Energy Commission's jurisdiction. The powerplant certification process, which contains requirements equivalent to those under the California Environmental Quality Act, will examine all relevant engineering and environmental aspects of the proposed project. This process provides a public forum allowing the Applicant, Commission staff, interested parties, governmental agencies, landowners, and members of the general public to consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of the project and to propose changes or alternatives to the project as necessary.

At the Informational Hearing, landowners, members of the general public, and representatives of governmental agencies will have an opportunity to obtain information and to offer comments on the application. The Applicant will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the administrative licensing process and their role in reviewing the application. Applicant and Staff will also discuss proposed schedules and possible issues which may be significant during this proceeding.

In order to assist participants in understanding the project, Staff shall prepare and serve, upon those listed on the Proof of Service List, a written statement summarizing the potential major issues in this case no later than August 25, 1998. All others desiring a copy of the Staff statement may obtain one by calling Gina Morthole, Project Secretary, at (916) 654-4235.

Those interested may participate in all phases of the licensing process in a variety of ways. If you want information concerning public participation, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free in California, at (800) 822-6228.


II. SITE VISIT


Following the Informational Hearing, the Applicant will host a visit to the project site. Transportation will be available. Landowners, members of the general public, and governmental agencies are invited to participate in this tour; those desiring to attend should so notify Ms. Mendonca, at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228 no later than August 28, 1998.

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Eileen Allen, the Commission's Project Manager, at (916) 654-4082. Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Susan Gefter, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893. Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is also available on the Energy Commission's Internet home page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/pittsburg.



Dated: August 7, 1998

ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION



_____//signed//_____
DAVID A. ROHY, Ph.D, Vice Chair
Presiding Committee Member


_____//signed//_____
MICHAL C. MOORE, Commissioner
Associate Member




Attachment: Map of Site

Date Mailed: August 7, 1998
Mailed to List: Proof of Service, Mass Mail