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BEFORE THE ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA





	
  APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION        )     DOCKET NO. 04-SPPE-01
  FOR A SMALL POWER PLANT EXEMPTION    )
  RIVERSIDE ENERGY RESOURCE CENTER     )
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL HEARING AND SITE VISIT

The California Energy Commission, a state agency, has exclusive jurisdiction to license new power plants that generate 50 megawatts (MW) or more. On April 26 2004 the City of Riverside Public Utilities (RPU or Applicant) filed an application for a Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) seeking an exemption from the Energy Commission's licensing requirements. RPU proposes to construct and operate a nominal 96 MW power plant called the Riverside Energy Resource Center (RERC). Under state law, power plants under 100 MW may be exempted from the Energy Commission's licensing process if the Energy Commission determines a project proposal is eligible for such an exemption. The SPPE review process provides the public forum for the Energy Commission's evaluation of the project's eligibility for an exemption.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Energy Commission has designated a Committee of two Commissioners to conduct proceedings on the SPPE. The Committee has scheduled a public informational hearing and site visit to discuss the proposed project with the Riverside community as described below:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2004
Site Visit begins at 2:00 p.m.
Public Information Hearing begins at 3:00 p.m.
City of Riverside Water Quality Control Plant Headquarters
Multipurpose Room
5950 Acorn Street,
Riverside, CA 92504
[Wheelchair Accessible]

Prior to the informational hearing, members of the public are invited to join the Committee on a tour of the proposed site. The Applicant will provide bus transportation from the meeting site to the project site, which is adjacent to the hearing location. Following the site visit, we will return to the meeting site to convene the informational hearing at 3:00 p.m.

Background

The Energy Commission's SPPE review process will take approximately four months. For the RERC Project to qualify for an exemption from the certification process, the Energy Commission must find that no substantial adverse impact on the environment or energy resources will result from construction or operation of the proposed facility. If an exemption is granted, the Applicant would need to secure the appropriate licenses and permits for the project from various local, state and federal agencies.

The informational hearing scheduled by this Notice is sponsored by the Energy Commission to inform the public about the project and to invite public participation in the review process.

Project Description

Riverside Public Utilities proposes to build and operate a nominal 96 MW simple-cycle power plant on a 12-acre fenced site within the City of Riverside, California. This proposed facility is referred to as the Riverside Energy Resource Center (RERC) Project. Riverside Public Utilities would develop, build, own and operate the facility. The proposed site is owned by the City of Riverside and is adjacent to the City's Waste Water Treatment Plant. The 96-megawatt natural gas-fired simple cycle plant will consist of two General Electric LM 6000 SPRINT combustion turbines. The proposed project would include the construction of approximately 1.75 miles of new double circuit 69kV transmission line. All transmission line construction would occur in an existing city-owned transmission line right-of-way. Natural gas interconnection will be provided on site, and water supply will be obtained from the City's adjacent water quality control plant. The Project will use reclaimed water from the adjacent water plant and will implement a Aero Liquid Discharge (ALD) system eliminating the need to discharge wastewater.

The details of the proposed project are contained in RPU's application for the SPPE. Copies of the SPPE are available at local public libraries: Riverside Main Library located at 3581 Mission Inn Ave. Riverside, CA 92501 and at Arlington Branch Library located at 9556 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92503. Copies of the SPPE were also provided to local public agencies involved in the review process.

Purpose of the Informational Hearing

The SPPE review, which incorporates requirements equivalent to the Initial Study performed by local agencies under the California Environmental Quality Act, will examine relevant engineering and environmental aspects of the proposed project. The review process provides a public forum allowing the Applicant, Commission staff, governmental agencies, adjacent landowners, and members of the general public to consider the advantages and disadvantages of the project and to discuss changes or alternatives as necessary.

The informational hearing is the first in a series of Energy Commission events where members of the community and governmental agencies will have an opportunity to obtain information and offer comments on the proposal. The Applicant will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the administrative review process. Applicant and Staff will also discuss the schedule and possible issues that may be significant during this proceeding.

Proposed Schedules and Issue Identification Report

To assist participants in understanding the project, Applicant and Staff shall each file a proposed schedule for the SPPE review timeline and Staff shall file an Issue Identification Report ("report") summarizing the potential major issues. The proposed schedules and Staff's report shall be filed and served no later than noon on Monday, May 24, 2003. These documents shall also be sent via email to the parties and to the Hearing Officer at gfay@energy.state.ca.us. At the informational hearing, the parties shall indicate whether anticipated data responses would resolve issues of concern raised in Staff's report. Copies of these documents will be available on the Commission's Internet web page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/riverside.

Public Adviser and Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser is available to assist the public in participating in the SPPE review process. Members of the public may participate in all aspects of the administrative process in a variety of ways. If you need information concerning public participation, please contact the Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228 or e-mail: pao@energy.state.ca.us.

Information

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to James Reede, the Staff Project Manager, at (916) 653-1245 or email at: jreede@energy.state.ca.us.

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Gary Fay, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3965 or email at gfay@energy.state.ca.us .

If you require special accommodation to participate in this event, contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 or email at: lquiroz@energy.state.ca.us.

Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications at (916) 654-4989 or email at: mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.

Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, will be posted on the Energy Commission's Internet web page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/ripon.

Dated May 11, 2004, at Sacramento, California.


JACKALYNE PFANNENSTIEL
Commissioner and Presiding Member
RERC SPPE Committee


JOHN L. GEESMAN
Commissioner and Associate Member
RERC SPPE Committee



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