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Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission

In the Matter of:               )     Docket No. 98-AFC-4
Application for Certification   )     COMMITTEE
for the Sunrise Cogeneration    )     SCHEDULING ORDER
and Power Project               )

This Scheduling Order is based on discussions at the March 18, 1999, Informational Hearing and the proposed schedule submitted by Staff in its March 8, 1999, Issue Identification Report.

The following Committee Schedule lists the events that must occur in order to meet the 12-month review period. Several deadlines are contingent upon reviews to be conducted by federal, state, and local agencies. The Committee recognizes that delays in the completion of those reviews may necessitate schedule modifications. While the Commission staff is responsible for meeting Committee deadlines for the filings produced by the staff, the Applicant bears the burden of proof in this proceeding and must be responsible for the timeliness of its own filings as well as those of all other agencies outside the Commission. Thus, a delay by an agency other than the Commission staff in filing a required document may result in a necessary extension to the 12-month schedule.

The Committee may modify the schedule at any time either upon its own motion or that of a party. (Title 20, Cal. Code of Regs., section 1709(c)). The schedule requires periodic status reports from the parties to determine whether case development is progressing satisfactorily, and to bring potential schedule delays or other relevant matters to the Committee's attention. Furthermore, the Committee anticipates holding a conference in approximately one month to discuss the scope of the staff's analysis of the project. A subsequent order will direct the parties to file statements on this matter. In order to comply with the statutory directive that the Commission issue a final decision within 12 months from the date an application is deemed complete [see, Pub. Resources Code, sections 25522(a), 25540.6(a)], the Committee must conclude evidentiary hearings in this proceeding by mid-October, 1999.

As shown below, the schedule provides that Applicant's contracts and/or signed options for emission reduction credits (ERCs) should be filed by September 8, 1999, prior to release of the Final Staff Assessment (FSA). Staff has requested that Applicant's ERCs be banked with the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD) and letters of intent be filed prior to the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) release date. The Committee encourages Applicant to meet these deadlines to provide sufficient review time for the responsible agencies.


Commission deems AFC data adequate February 17, 1999
Staff issues data requests to Applicant March 1
Staff files Issue Identification Report March 8
Informational Hearing & Site Visit March 18
Applicant provides PG&E's Detailed Facilities Study to Cal-ISO and CEC March 24
Applicant's files data responses March 31
Committee issues Scheduling Order April 2
Status Report #1 due to Committee April 18
Committee Conference on Scope of Project Analysis Late April
Public workshops on issues of concern April-July
Applicant provides Cal-ISO's comments on PG&E's Detailed Facilities Study April 26
Applicant files NPDES application for wastewater and storm water discharge April 30
Applicant files with DOGG for deep injection well permit May 1
Status Report #2 due to Committee May 18
Applicant files for: USACE Section 404 permit; USF&WS Biological Opinion; and CDF&G Streambed Alteration Permit June 1
Applicant provides ISO findings on Transmission Line Interconnection Study June 17
Applicant provides Preliminary Determination of Compliance June 17
Status Report #3 due to Committee June 18
Committee conducts Status Conference, if necessary June 30
Status Report #4 due to Committee July 18
Staff releases Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) July-August
Staff conducts PSA workshops August 15-31
Applicant provides Final Determination of Compliance from SJVUAPCD August 16
Parties file Prehearing Conference Statements and Status Report #5 August 18
Committee Prehearing Conference September 1
Staff releases Final Staff Assessment (FSA) as testimony September 15
Applicant and all other parties submit testimony September 22
Evidentiary hearings Sept. 30 - Oct. 12
Parties file Opening Briefs October 26
Parties file Reply Briefs November 5
Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD) issued December 17
Parties file comments on PMPD January 5, 2000
Conference on PMPD January 11
Close of comment period on PMPD January 19
Revised PMPD issued February 1
Conference on Revised PMPD February 9
Commission considers Revised PMPD and final Decision February 16

Members of the public may participate in all phases of the licensing process in a variety of ways. For information on public participation, contact Roberta Mendonca, the Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228 or email: pao@energy.state.ca.us

Technical questions concerning the project may be addressed to Kristina Bergquist, the Project Manager at (916) 654-4242 or email at: kbergqui@energy.state.ca.us

Legal or procedural questions should be directed to Gary Fay, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893 or email at: gfay@energy.state.ca.us

Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications at (916) 654-4989.

Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is available on the Energy Commission's Internet home page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/sunrise

______________________________ ______________________________
MICHAL C. MOORE, Commissioner JANANNE SHARPLESS, Commissioner
Presiding Member Associate Member
Sunrise Cogeneration AFC Committee Sunrise Cogeneration AFC Committee

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