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Notice of Proposed Mitigated Negative
Declaration and Initial Study Workshop for
Riverside Energy Resource Center Units 3 & 4 (08-SPPE-1)

The California Energy Commission will conduct a workshop on the Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study (MNDIS) for the proposed Riverside Energy Resource Center Units 3 & 4. The workshop will provide an opportunity for agencies, the public and other interested parties to present questions and comments on the MNDIS. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate. The workshop will be held:

TUESDAY, December 2, 2008
Starting at 10:00 a.m.
Riverside Public Utilities Orange Square Ballroom
3901 Orange Street
Riverside, CA 92501
(Wheelchair Accessible)


California Energy Commission staff recently filed its MNDIS on the Riverside Energy Resource Center Units 3 & 4. The purpose of this MNDIS workshop is to receive comments on staff's analysis from the applicant, public, interveners in the proceeding, and local, state and federal agencies. Discussions will include all topics contained in the NDIS with a focus on: Air Quality, Biology, Soil and Water and Waste Management. Public comments on the NDIS are welcome and encouraged to be submitted in writing by December 4, 2008, to Felicia Miller, Project Manager, at the address on this letterhead.


On March 19, 2008, the City of Riverside filed an application for a Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE). The City of Riverside, proposes to build, own, and operate two simple cycle units at its Riverside Energy Resource Center (RERC) within the City of Riverside, Riverside County. The proposed gas-fired peaking project would have a nominal generation capacity of approximately 95 megawatts (MW) and would be an expansion of an existing 96 MW peaking facility exempted by the Energy Commission in 2004. RERC Units 1 & 2 began operation in June 2006. RERC Units 3 & 4 would supply internal peaking power to meet the needs of the City of Riverside primarily during summer peak electrical demands.

The proposed project site is owned by the City of Riverside and is located adjacent to and on the east side of the City of Riverside's Regional Water Quality Control Plant in a light industrial/manufacturing area. RERC Units 3 & 4 would be located immediately north of Units 1 & 2 and would occupy approximately 2.2 acres of the 16-acre RERC site. The remaining rough-graded, undeveloped portion of the RERC site would be used for construction laydown (approximately five disturbed acres in total).

The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing, and ultimately approving or denying, all thermal electric power plants, 50 MW and greater, proposed for construction in California. The Energy Commission's SPPE process allows projects between 50 and 100 MW to proceed with local approval through a mitigated negative declaration process rather than obtaining Energy Commission certification. An exemption is available if the Energy Commission finds that the project would not create a substantial adverse impact on the environment or energy resources. 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.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office provides the public with assistance in participating in Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact the Public Adviser, Elena Miller, at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at To request special accommodations for those persons with disabilities, please contact Lourdes Quiroz, the Energy Commission's EEO Officer at or by telephone (916) 654-5146. For those persons with limited English knowledge, request interpreter services by contacting Felicia Miller, Project Manager at (916) 654-4640 or by e-mail at


General information about the proposed generating facility and related documents are available on the Energy Commission's website at

Please direct all news media inquiries to the Energy Commission's media office at (916) 654-4989 or e-mail at For technical questions on the subject matter, please contact Felicia Miller, Project Manager. If you are unable to attend the workshop, written comments may be sent to the Project Manager electronically or to the Energy Commission's street address shown on the letterhead of this notice.

Date: __________________________

TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Energy Facilities Siting Division






MONDAY, December 2, 2008
Starting at 10:00 a.m.
Riverside Public Utilities Orange Square Ballroom
3901 Orange Street
Riverside, CA 92501
(Wheelchair Accessible)

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