Purpose: On May 21, 2003, the staff of the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) filed its draft independent analysis of the Walnut Energy Center (WEC). The staff's draft analysis, known as the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA), is available for download from our website identified below, or you may contact Bob Eller, the project manager (see below), to have it mailed to you. The PSA provides staff's environmental, public health and safety, and engineering analysis of the project. The purpose of this workshop is to receive comments on staff's technical analysis from the applicant, members of the public, intervenors in the proceeding, and local, state and federal agencies. The staff will carefully consider and respond to comments when drafting the Final Staff Assessment (FSA). Public comments are welcome and encouraged to be submitted in writing by June 23, 2003.
Teleconference: For those unable to attend the workshop in person, a toll-free teleconference number is provided. Call 888-730-9136 and provide the pass code: 19741; the Conference Leader's name is: Bob Eller.
Project Summary: On November 19, 2002, the Turlock Irrigation District filed an Application for Certification (AFC), for its proposed WEC project, a 250-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired, combined-cycle electric generating facility. The WEC would be located in an industrially zoned area, about four miles west of the downtown portion of the City of Turlock near the intersection of West Main Street and Washington Road, in Stanislaus County.
Public Participation: The public is encouraged to participate and provide comments. For information on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the proposed project, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, 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 least five days prior to the workshop at (916) 654-5146.
Agency Participation: The Energy Commission staff encourages attendance by representatives of those federal, state, and local agencies that have either direct or indirect interests in the proposed project.
Questions: The PSA and general information on the proposed power plant is available on the Energy Commission's website at
Inquiries about the project schedule or analysis should be directed to Bob Eller, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 651-8835, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director, at (916) 654-4989, or e-mail at email@example.com
Dated June 10, 2003 at Sacramento, California.
JAMES D. BOYD
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Walnut Energy Center Committee