ROSEVILLE ENERGY PARK - NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL HEARING AND SITE VISIT
[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


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



APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION FOR THE ) DOCKET NO. 03-AFC-1
THE ROSEVILLE ENERGY PARK )
BY THE CITY OF ROSEVILLE ) (DATA ADEQUATE)
) DECEMBER 17, 2003
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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 October 30, 2003, the City of Roseville ("Applicant") filed an application for certification with the Energy Commission to construct, own, and operate the Roseville Energy Park (REP), an electricity generating facility in the City of Roseville, Placer County, California. The REP is designed as a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant rated at a nominal net generating capacity of 120 to 125 megawatts (MW) with the capacity to peak-fire to about 160 MW during summer design conditions. The Energy Commission is considering the proposal under the twelve-month review process established by Public Resources Code section 25540.6. The power plant will serve City of Roseville residents and is expected to be online by the end of 2006.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Energy Commission has designated a Committee of two Commissioners to conduct proceedings on the application. The Committee has scheduled a public informational hearing and site visit to discuss the proposed project with the Roseville community on the following date:

Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Site Visit begins at 4:00 p.m.
Public Informational Hearing begins at 5:30 p.m.

The Clubhouse at Woodcreek
Woodcreek Golf Club
5880 Woodcreek Oaks Drive
Roseville, California 95747
[Wheelchair Accessible]


[MAP ATTACHED]


Prior to the informational hearing, members of the public are invited to join the Committee on a tour of the proposed site during daylight hours. The Applicant will provide bus transportation from the Clubhouse parking lot to the site. Bus departure time will be 4 p.m. For bus reservations, please contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser at 916-654-4489 or 800-822-6228 or email at: pao@energy.state.ca.us

BACKGROUND

On December 17, 2003, the Energy Commission began review of the application for the REP. The review process will take approximately twelve months. During the review period, the Energy Commission will determine whether the proposed project complies with applicable laws related to public health and safety, environmental impacts, and engineering requirements. 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

As proposed, the project would be constructed on a 12-acre site that lies within a 40-acre City of Roseville parcel. The project site is within Roseville city limits, adjacent to and north of the Pleasant Grove Waste Water Treatment Plant (PGWWTP). The project site is owned by the City of Roseville and is zoned Public/Quasi-Public. Surrounding land uses currently include ranching (agricultural grazing) and rural residential.

The proposed REP is not the same 900 MW project that was known as the Roseville Energy Facility, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enron North America Corp. That project application (Docket No. 01-AFC-14) was filed with the Energy Commission in August 2001 and then withdrawn by the Applicant on November 19, 2002.

The REP is a nominal 120 to 125 MW natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant with two General Electric LM6000 or two Alstom GTX 100 combustion turbine-generators (CTGs), a single condensing steam turbine generator (STG), a deaerating surface condenser; a four-cell mechanical draft cooling tower; and associated support equipment.

The heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) will be of the horizontal, natural circulation type, equipped with duct burners. The emission reduction system includes a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) unit to control nitrogen oxide (NOx) stack emissions and an oxidation catalyst to control carbon monoxide (CO) emissions. A 40,000 pound-per-hour natural gas-fired auxiliary boiler and a nominal 750 kW, diesel-fired standby generator will also be included in the project.

A 50-foot-long pipeline will supply tertiary treated recycled waste water from the City of Roseville's adjacent PGWWTP for use as cooling tower makeup water, firewater, service water, and process makeup water. Cooling tower blowdown water will be treated through a zero liquid discharge (ZLD) treatment system located on the project site. As a result, no process wastewater will be discharged from the plant.

An on-site 60 kV switchyard will deliver power generated by the REP directly to the grid through a double-circuit 60 kV transmission line that will be located adjacent to the project site. This new line will be constructed along the current alignment of Phillip Road or an alternative road alignment as part of the West Roseville development. A new underground natural gas pipeline will convey gas to the REP from PG&E's Line 123 near the corner of Baseline Road and Country Club Drive, about 6 miles from the proposed site. Three alternative gas pipeline routes to the site are under consideration.

Potable water will initially be supplied to the project site from an on-site well. The project will use potable water from the City of Roseville's distribution system when it becomes available as part of the build-out of West Roseville's infrastructure. Sanitary wastewater will be piped to the PGWWTP's influent junction structure, located approximately 800 feet east of the project site.

The engineering and environmental details of the proposed project are contained in the application for certification. Copies of the application were provided to local public agencies that are involved in the review process. Copies of the application are also available at the following libraries:

Roseville Main Library Sacramento County Library
225 Taylor Street 4235 Antelope Road
Roseville, CA 95678 Antelope, CA 95843

PURPOSE OF THE INFORMATIONAL HEARING

The power plant certification process, which incorporates requirements equivalent to the California Environmental Quality Act, will examine all 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 scheduled by this Notice 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 licensing process and its role in reviewing the application. Applicant and Staff will also discuss the schedule and possible issues that may be significant during this proceeding. The Commission's Public Adviser will provide information on how the public can participate in the review process.

PROPOSED SCHEDULES AND ISSUE IDENTIFICATION REPORT

To assist participants in understanding the project, Applicant and Staff shall each file a proposed schedule for reviewing the project and Staff shall file an Issue Identification Report ("Report") summarizing the potential major issues. The proposed schedules and Staff's Report shall be filed no later than 3 p.m., Tuesday, January 20, 2004. 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 posted on the Commission's Internet web page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/roseville

PUBLIC ADVISER AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Members of the public may participate in all aspects of the review process in a variety of ways. The Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, is available to assist the public in participating in the certification review process. She may be reached at 916-654-4489 or 800-822-6228 or email: pao@energy.state.ca.us

INFORMATION

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Bob Eller, the Staff Project Manager, at 916-651-8835 or email at: beller@energy.state.ca.us

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Susan Gefter, the Hearing Officer, at 916-654-3893 or email at: sgefter@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: energia@energy.ca.gov

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

Dated January 5, 2004, at Sacramento, California.




JOHN L. GEESMAN
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Roseville AFC Committee


ARTHUR H ROSENFELD
Commissioner and Associate Member
Roseville AFC Committee





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