STATE OF CALIFORNIA
|APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION||)|
|FOR A SMALL POWER PLANT EXEMPTION||)|
|MODESTO IRRIGATION DISTRICT ELECTRIC||)||DOCKET NO. 03-SPPE-01|
|GENERATION STATION PROJECT (MID)||)|
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Committee will conduct a Prehearing Conference as follows:
MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2003
BEGINNING AT 10:00 A.M.
California Energy Commission
1516 9th Street
Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California 95814
The event is open to the public: interested individuals and governmental agencies are encouraged to attend.
We are scheduling this Prehearing Conference based upon the expectation that Staff will issue its Initial Study/Draft Assessment no later than August 1, 2003.
Purpose of Prehearing Conference
The Prehearing Conference is a public forum where the Committee will assess the parties' readiness for evidentiary hearings and the likelihood of, or any obstacles to, the proposed project qualifying for a Small Power Plant Exemption under Public Resources Code Section 23541. We will also discuss the remaining schedule and procedures necessary for the Committee to reach a decision in this case.
At this event, all parties (Staff, Applicant, and Interveners) shall present their respective positions and supporting rationale regarding whether all impacts arising from construction and operation of the proposed facility will be sufficiently mitigated so that no substantial adverse impacts to the environment or energy resources will result. This may involve discussion of proposed "conditions of exemption" and the completeness of the project analysis. The parties shall also identify proposed witnesses which they intend to present at future evidentiary hearings, as well as the time required for direct testimony and/or cross-examination.
Prehearing Conference Statements
To facilitate the process, each party shall serve and file a Prehearing Conference Statement. Each party shall ensure that its respective statement is received by the other parties and the Commission's Docket Unit, located at 1516 Ninth Street, MS-4, Sacramento, California 95814-5512, no later than 3:00 p.m. on August 11, 2003. Identify these statements with "Docket No. 03-SPPE-1". In addition to providing printed copies, parties may email the statements to those with email addresses as reflected on the Proof-of-Service list.
FAILURE TO FILE A TIMELY PREHEARING CONFERENCE STATEMENT MAY PRECLUDE A PARTY FROM PARTICIPATING AT THIS EVENT.
Each statement shall specify:
Petitions to Intervene to Become a Formal Party
The SPPE Decision on the Modesto Irrigation District's Project will be based on the official record developed at the evidentiary hearings. Only formal parties may present testimony, cross-examine witnesses, or offer documentary evidence at the hearings.
Anyone with a legitimate interest relevant to the exemption process for the proposed project may file a Petition to Intervene with the Committee to become an "Intervenor" or formal party to the proceeding. Party status provides the following rights to Intervenors: to present independent testimony and documentary evidence; to receive pertinent documents; and to cross-examine witnesses. Party status also carries certain obligations, which include the duty to comply with Committee orders, procedures, and filing requirements, as well as being subject to discovery and cross-examination by other parties.
Petitions to Intervene in this case shall be filed no later than 3:00 p.m. on August 7, 2003. Typically, time extensions for new Intervenors to review existing case materials are not granted after the date of the Prehearing Conference since to do so could delay the proceeding.
How to Intervene
The Energy Commission's Public Adviser will assist any person or organization interested in preparing a Petition to Intervene. Those desiring information or assistance in filing a Petition to Intervene may contact Roberta Mendonca, the Public Adviser, at 916-654-4489 or 800-822-6228 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional InformationTechnical questions concerning the project should be addressed to James Reede, the Commission Staff's Project Manager, at 916-651-8835 or email at: email@example.com
Dated June 27, 2003, at Sacramento, California.