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On August 4, 2004, the California Energy Commission received a petition from Turlock Irrigation District requesting approval to transfer the ownership and obligations imposed by the conditions of certification on the Walnut Energy Center Project (02-AFC-4C) from the Turlock Irrigation District to the Walnut Energy Center Authority. The 250-megawatt project was certified on February 18, 2004. The facility is located in Stanislaus County, in Turlock, California.

Turlock Irrigation District has formed with Merced Irrigation District a new public agency under the Joint Powers Act (Government Code Section 6500 et. seq.) known as the Walnut Energy Center Authority. Despite the change of ownership, there will be no changes in operational control of the project. The name of the project "Walnut Energy Center" will not change.


A statement describing the ownership change, signed under penalty of perjury by a representative of the proposed new owner of the project, was submitted to the Energy Commission staff for review and approval as required by Title 20, California Code of Regulations, section 1769(b). The statement affirms that the new owner agrees to be bound by the requirements of the Energy Commission decision for the Walnut Energy Center. Based on the information provided, staff intends to recommend that the proposed ownership change be approved by the Energy Commission at the September 8, 2004 Business Meeting.

This Notice of Receipt is being mailed to interested parties and property owners adjacent to the project site who may want to participate in the ownership change process. The petition to change ownership is available on the Energy Commission's webpage at www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/turlock/compliance/index.html .

If you would like to receive a copy of the petition for ownership change or the Energy Commission's Order if this change is approved, please complete the enclosed Information Request Form and return it to the address shown. If you have questions, or wish to make comments regarding this ownership change, please contact Lance Shaw, Compliance Project Manager, at (916) 653-1227 or via e-mail at: lshaw@energy.state.ca.us, within 14 days of the date of this Notice.

For information on how you may participate in this process, please contact Ms. Margret J. Kim, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you require special accommodations, contact Lourdes Quiroz at (916) 654-5146. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.


Date On-Line: August 19, 2004   

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TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Systems Assessment & Facilities Siting



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