[Workshop Notice Letterhead]

Environmental Justice Workshop
Valero CoGeneration Project

Purpose: The California Energy Commission staff will hold an Issue Identification and Data Response workshop for the Valero Cogeneration Project (VCP) so that the applicant's representatives, interested agencies, and the public can identify and discuss the major issues, and clarify data responses for this project. Topic areas to be discussed include air quality, water resources, and socioeconomics, and any other issue of interest to those participating in the workshop. An Informational Hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. on this date; the workshop will follow immediately after. If you have questions in a particular technical area, please contact the project manager identified below five days in advance of the meeting date so that appropriate technical staff can plan to attend.
When: Thursday, July 12, 2001
Time: 6:30 p.m. - until all issues have been addressed
"Following Informational Hearing"
Location: Benicia Public Library, Donna Benicia Rm.
150 East L. Street
Benicia, California

The location is wheelchair accessible.

Project Summary: On June 6, 2001, the Energy Commission deemed the Valero Cogeneration Project (VCP), Application for Certification (AFC) data adequate. This begins the Energy Commission's review process. VCP is seeking approval from the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) to operate a nominal 102-megawatt (MW) refinery gas-fired power generating facility at the existing Valero Refinery location. The VCP area will be accessed via the existing roads and streets within the refinery. The power plant will consist of two GE gas turbines (LM6000 - PC Sprint) with chillers, fuel gas compression facilities, power generators, heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), SCRs for emission control, and associated instrumentation, piping, and wiring. The produced power will be conveyed through underground cables (~2000') to the new Valero switch house within the refinery at a voltage of 12 kV. As a result of this project, the refinery will not require the current power consumed from the California electrical grid.
Public Participation: Public Resources Code section 25552, requires the Energy Commission to expedite, to the extent feasible, AFCs for power plants that can be online by December 31, 2002. The Energy Commission staff will be recommending the VCP process be completed in 95 to 120 days. The public is encouraged to participate and provide comments in the early days of the review process. For information on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the proposed project, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy 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 Robert Sifuentes, Equal Employment Officer, at (916) 654-5004, as soon as possible prior to the workshop..
Questions: General information on the proposed power plant is available on the Energy Commission's Web Site at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/valero. Inquiries about the project should be directed to Jack W. Caswell, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 653-0062 or by e-mail at jcaswell@energy.state.ca.us. If you would like to obtain a hard copy of the Issue Identification Report, Data Requests, or Data Responses please contact Luz Manriquez, Siting Project Secretary, at (916) 654-3928 or by e-mail at lmanriqu@energy.state.ca.us. If you desire information on participating in the Energy Commission's review of the project, please contact Ms. Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or toll free in California, at (800) 822-6228. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director, at (916) 654-4989, or e-mail at energia@energy.ca.gov

DATE ON LINE: June, 27 2001

// Original Signed By //

Arthur H. Rosenfeld, Ph.D.
Commissioner and Presiding Member

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