NOTICE OF A PREFILING MEETING TO DISCUSS THE PREPARATION OF AN APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION FOR THE SUTTER POWER PROJECT



Calpine Corporation is proposing to develop a 500 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant in Sutter County. The plant is proposed to be built adjacent to their existing 49.5 MW Greenleaf Unit No. 1 gas-fired cogeneration facility located about seven miles southwest of Yuba City. In addition, the project will require construction of a new natural gas pipeline and a 230 kV transmission line that will interconnect with the Western Area Power Agency (WAPA) 230 kV line that runs a few miles to the south and west of the project site.

The prefiling meeting is being held to provide guidance on the preparation of the Application for Certification (AFC) and related processes necessary to comply with local, state and federal requirements. The Commission's staff will discuss the filing requirements for an AFC Certification found in Appendix B of the Commission's Siting Regulations (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 20, section 1701 et seq.). Specifically, biological resource issues associated with the proposed project will be discussed. Additionally, the Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Game have been requested to provide information on their processes and procedures in regards to the State and Federal Endangered Species Acts.

The workshop may also include a discussion of various draft sections of the AFC that Calpine has completed and a general discussion of the processes, procedures and coordination required with other local, state and federal agencies. The prefiling meeting will be held:

The workshop will be held:

THURSDAY, August 14, 1997
9:30 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m.
Water Resources Control Board
Room 102
901 P St. Sacramento, CA 95814
(across 9th Street from the Energy Commission)

The location of the meeting is wheelchair accessible. Persons wanting information on how to participate in the Commission's review of the project should contact Ms. Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser at (916) 654-4489 or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228. Technical or project schedule questions should be directed to Paul Richins, Siting Project Manager, in the Energy Facilities Siting and Environmental Protection Division at (916) 654-4074. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Executive Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.

Dated: July 23, 1997

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Robert L. Therkelsen, Deputy Director for
Energy Facilities Siting and Environmental Protection

Date Mailed: July 23,1997
Mass Mail List: Sutter (709)