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On April 29, 2004, Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) filed an application for a Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) for its Riverside Energy Resource Center (RERC). RPU is seeking an exemption from the California Energy Commission's licensing requirements.

The draft Initial Study contains the Energy Commission staff's evaluation of the project, examines the environmental, public health and safety aspects of the project, and contains analyses required by California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Staff is accepting public comment on this document until July 28, 2004. Comments may be submitted to the Energy Commission's Project Manager at the address listed below and/or presented at the July 15, 2004, Draft Initial Study Workshop. After the public workshop, staff is expected to issue a Final Initial Study incorporating all timely and relevant comments.

This document is available on the Energy Commission's website (see below). If you would like a copy of the Draft Initial Study, please fill out the enclosed form and return it to the California Energy Commission, Attention: Angela Hockaday Project Secretary, at (916) 654-3925, or e-mail at ahockada@energy.state.ca.us. The document is available as a CD or paper copy.

RPU proposes to build a nominal 96 MW simple-cycle peaking power plant on a 12-acre fenced site within the City of Riverside, California. RPU 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 (WWTP) in a light industrial / manufacturing area. The power plant and associated administration building and warehouse would occupy approximately 8 of the 12 acres with the other 4 acres reserved for equipment storage and construction parking.

The plant would consist of two General Electric LM6000 PC SPRINT combustion turbine generators equipped with inlet air chiller coils, exhaust ducting, flue gas treatment system to meet the proposed air emission limits, a common chiller package with cooling tower, gas compressor equipment, water storage and treatment facilities, emission monitoring system, zero liquid discharge (ZLD) wastewater treatment system and electrical transmission and interconnection system and associated auxiliary systems and equipment. Natural gas would be supplied to RERC from a Sempra transmission line that passes next to the northeast corner of the site boundary.

The proposed project would include the construction of approximately 1.75 miles of new double circuit 69kV transmission line interconnecting RERC to the Mountain View and Riverside substations. All transmission line construction would occur in an existing transmission line right-of-way. No new residential property easements are proposed.

Potable water for sanitary use would come directly from the City's general water supply. The adjacent WWTP would supply reclaimed water for plant process and cooling water. The RERC would utilize a Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) system that would eliminate the need to discharge process wastewater to the WWTP

After the Final Initial Study is issued, the Energy Commission will conduct a public hearing to determine whether the exemption request should be approved and under what set of conditions. The hearing will provide the public and local, State and federal agencies the opportunity to provide further information. The Energy Commission will issue notices for the hearing.

If you would like information on how you can participate in the Energy Commission's review process, please contact Ms. Margret Kim, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228.

Technical or project schedule questions should be directed to James W. Reede, Jr., Ed.D, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 653-1245. The status of the project, copies of notices, and other relevant documents are also available on the Energy Commission's web site at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/riverside/.

This notice of receipt has been mailed to all parties that have requested to be placed on the mailing list during the proceedings, and to property owners located adjacent to the project site and any of the project-related facilities. By being on the mailing list, you will receive notices of all project-related activities and notices when documents related to the project's review are available. You can also subscribe to receive e-mail notification of all notices at http://www.energy.ca.gov/listservers/index.html. If you want your name removed from the mailing list, please contact James W. Reede, Jr., Ed.D, Project Manager, at (916) 653-1245, or e-mail at jreede@energy.state.ca.us.

A copy of the draft Initial Study document is available for public inspection at the:

Riverside Main Library
3581 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501
Arlington Branch Library
9556 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92503

Copies are also available at the Energy Commission's Library in Sacramento, the California State Library in Sacramento, and at public libraries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Eureka. In addition, copies will be distributed to those public agencies that would retain jurisdiction if an exemption is granted by the Energy Commission.

Dated July 08, 2004.

Paul C. Richins, Jr
Energy Facilities Licensing Manager

Enclosure . (Adobe PDF file, 1 pages, 56 kilobytes.)

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