[California Energy Commission Letterhead]

NOTICE OF RECEIPT


REQUEST TO AMEND THE ENERGY COMMISSION DECISION FOR THE
SUNRISE POWER PROJECT (98-AFC-4C)
COMBINED CYCLE ADDITION


On May 14, 2001 the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) received a request to amend the Energy Commission Decision for the Sunrise Power Project (SPP). SPP is a 320MW simple-cycle natural gas power plant currently under construction and scheduled for commercial operation in late summer 2001. The site is located approximately 35 miles southwest of Bakersfield, and one mile southwest of the intersection of State Route 33 and Shale Road in Kern County, California. The proposed modifications (aka "Sunrise II") will add approximately 265 MW of generating capacity, resulting in a nominal 585 MW combined cycle power plant that is expected to be operational by summer 2003. This 265 MW increase is being processed by the Energy Commission as an amendment, rather than a new application for certification, under the express authority of Executive Order D-25-01 of the Governor of the State of California, dated February 8, 2001.

Sunrise II will add several new project features, including two heat recovery steam generators, a steam turbine generator, new equipment for the existing SPP and La Paloma switchyards, a wet cooling tower system, an anhydrous ammonia selective catalytic reduction system, a 15.5 mile water supply line, expanded power plant /construction laydown areas, a one mile recycle water discharge line, a 2.5 mile wastewater discharge line, and six deep injection wells to be used as a wastewater disposal option.

ENERGY COMMISSION REVIEW PROCEDURES

The purpose of the Energy Commission's review process is to assess the impacts of this proposal on environmental quality, public health and safety. The review process includes an evaluation of the consistency of the proposed changes with the Energy Commission's Decision and if the project, as changed, will remain in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Section 1769). Energy Commission staff is currently analyzing the request and will publish an analysis in the next several weeks.

This Notice of Receipt is being mailed to interested parties and local property owners who may want to participate in the amendment process.

For further information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact Ms. Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228. If you require special accommodation, contact Robert Sifuentes, at (916) 654-5004. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.


Dated: May 25, 2001


ROBERT L. THERKELSEN,
Deputy Director
Systems Assessment & Facilities Siting



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