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Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission

Public Notice To Land Owners
Consideration of an Alternative
Transmission Line Route Sutter Power Plant Project
Application For Certification

In the next couple of days the staff's of the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) and Western Area Power Administration (Western) will be filing the Final Staff Assessment (FSA)/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the Sutter Power Plant Project (SPP). The Calpine Corporation (Calpine) is proposing to construct and operate a 500 MW natural gas fueled electric generation power plant. The proposed project is to be located about seven miles southwest of Yuba City on South Township Road near Best Road. The related electrical transmission line is proposed to proceed south along South Township Road and west on O'Banion Road to a new switching station near the Sutter Bypass on the south side of O'Banion Road adjacent to the existing transmission lines. This route is approximately 4 miles long.

In the FSA/Draft EIS, we have identified the potential for significant visual impacts created by the proposed transmission line route along South Township Road. Where a potential significant impact has been identified, we are required to assess the feasibility of alternative measures that could mitigate the identified impacts.

The purpose of this notice is to inform you that in the FSA/Draft EIS, we have identified an alternative transmission line route that significantly reduces the visual impacts associated with the proposed transmission route. The alternative route proceeds south from the proposed switchyard at the power plant site approximately 0.3 mile to a dirt road. The route follows the road west to the existing PG&E 500 kV transmission line. The route then turns south and parallels the existing PG&E line to the proposed switching station on the south side of O'Banion Road. The route is approximately 3.8 miles long. Either route would terminate at the same switching station site located to the south of O'Banion Road. Both routes are shown on the attached map.

We recognize that although this alternative transmission line route reduces the visual impacts of the transmission route along South Township Road, it may create additional concerns for landowners and nearby duck club owners. The alternative transmission line route will be the subject of hearings that will be held in November. You will receive a separate notice of the time and place of all hearings. In advance of the hearings, we would encourage your written comments be sent to Paul Richins, Project Manager, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 94814, by October 30, 1998.

Copies of the FSA/Draft EIS will be available for review at the Sutter County Community Services Department and the Sutter County Library. The entire document will also be on the Energy Commission's web page (see web site address below). If you would like a copy of the FSA/Draft EIS, please fill out the enclosed form and return it to: California Energy Commission, Luz Manriquez-Uresti, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-15, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Persons wanting information on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the project should contact Ms. Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228. Comments and questions should be directed to Paul Richins, Jr., Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 654-4074, or E-mail at prichins@energy.state.ca.us. The FSA/Draft EIS and other relevant documents are available on the Energy Commission's Internet web site at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/sutterpower/documents.

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