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Notice of Data Response, Issue Resolution,
Staff Assessment (Part 1) Workshop
for the
Russell City Energy Center
(01-AFC-7C)

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a Data Response, Issue Resolution and Staff Assessment (Part 1) workshop for the Russell City Energy Center. The purpose is to discuss the project owner's responses to staff's data requests, to work toward resolving issues, and to receive comments on Part 1 of the Staff Assessment. Discussion will also focus on questions and concerns from the City of Hayward's public agencies. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.

MONDAY, April 9, 2007 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
HAYWARD CITY HALL BUILDING
Room 2A
777 B St., Hayward, CA 94541
(Wheelchair Accessible)
(Map to location)

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Discussion Topics

Biological Resources   Geology & Paleontology
Socioeconomic Resources   Land Use
Power Plant Efficiency & Reliability  Traffic & Transportation
Transmission System Engineering   Soil & Water Resources
Facility Design   Hazardous Material Handling
Worker Safety & Fire Protection   Transmission Line Safety & Nuisance
Noise and Vibration  

Purpose

The Energy Commission staff is currently analyzing a Petition to Amend the Commission Decision for the Russell City Energy Center Project (01-AFC-7C). The workshop will focus on Land Use and Traffic & Transportation issues and data responses, and any questions on Part 1 of the Staff Assessment published on March 30, 2007.

Prior to the discussion of individual technical areas, staff will explain the Energy Commission's amendment process. Staff's data requests and Russell City Energy Center's responses can be found on the Energy Commission's website: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/russellcity/compliance. Following the workshop, staff will consider the comments received and will publish an errata to Part 1 of the Staff Assessment.

Background

The Russell City Energy Center Project (RCEC) will be located in the City of Hayward (City) in Alameda County and was certified by the Energy Commission on Sept 11, 2002. On November 17, 2006, the Calpine Corporation and GE Energy Finance Services, known as the Russell City Energy Company, LLC, filed a Petition to Amend the Commission Decision to move the project location 1,300 feet northwest of the original location. The RCEC was certified to be constructed in the City's Industrial Corridor at the southwest corner of the intersection of Enterprise Avenue and Whitesell Street, directly south of the City's Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF).

As described in the Petition to Amend, the project owner plans to construct the facility on four parcels that are presently in both the City and an unincorporated area of Alameda County, directly west of the City's WPCF between Depot Road and Enterprise Avenue.

California's Warren-Alquist Act (Pub. Resources Code (PRC) § 25000 et seq.), provides the Energy Commission the exclusive authority to certify thermal electric power plants of 50 MW or more within the state (Pub. Resources Code § 25120 and 25500 et seq.). Additionally, Title 20, California Code of Regulations (CCR) § 1769 authorizes the Energy Commission to approve amendments and modifications to those facilities it has certified. The amendment process includes an evaluation of the engineering and environmental impacts of the modified project and whether it will remain in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS).

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser provides the public with assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Questions

General information and documents on the proposed project are available on the Energy Commission's website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/russellcity/compliance/. Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director, at (916) 654-4989 or e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us. For technical questions on the subject matter, please contact Jeri Scott, Compliance Project Manager, at (916) 654-4428 or by e-mail to jscott@energy.state.ca.us. If you are unable to attend the workshop, written comments may be sent to the staff's project manager electronically or to the Energy Commission's street address shown on the letterhead of this notice.

Date Posted: April 02, 2007

________/signed/_______
TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Energy Facilities Siting Division

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