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Energy Resources Conservation
and Development Commission


On July 1, 1998, the California Energy Commission and Western Area Power Administration (Western) jointly filed the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) on the Sutter Power Plant Project (SPP). We have scheduled a workshop to discuss the PSA's analysis, proposed mitigation measures and proposed conditions for certification. Subjects to be discussed include: land use, visual resources, socioeconomics, traffic and transportation, worker safety, cultural resources, paleontological resources, hazardous materials handling, transmission system engineering, noise, transmission line safety and nuisance, efficiency, reliability and facility design. Topics not covered at the July 14 workshop will be included in a subsequent workshop(s) scheduled for early August.

The Energy Commission and Western are currently reviewing the SPP Application for Certification. The project, as proposed by Calpine Corporation, is 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, 12 mile, natural gas pipeline and a 5.7 mile electric transmission line. Because the project will interconnect with Western 230 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission system, the review will be completed jointly with Western.

To minimize duplication and regulatory delay, the Energy Commission and Western are completing a joint review and a joint California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)/National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document. The Energy Commission will act as lead state agency under CEQA and Western will act as lead federal agency under NEPA.

Sutter County is also actively participating in the review of the proposed project as Calpine has requested a General Plan Amendment (GPA 97-04), a change in the zoning (97-07) and a use permit (98-06). Sutter County Community Services Department staff has indicated that they will utilize the jointly prepared analysis of the Energy Commission and Western as the environmental documentation for their actions.

The public is encouraged to attend and participate. The first workshop will be held at the time and location noted below:

TUESDAY, July 14, 1998
9 a.m. -- 4 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Community Building
1425 Circle Drive
Yuba City, CA 95993

The location of the meeting is wheelchair accessible. If you require special accommodations, contact Robert Sifuentes at (916) 654-5004, at least five days prior to the workshop. 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, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 654-4074, or E-mail at prichins@energy.state.ca.us.

Information about the project is available on the Energy Commission's web page at:


News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Executive Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.

Commissioner and Presiding Member

Date Mailed: July 6, 1998

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