[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission

In the Matter of:                             )     Docket No. 02-AFC-3
Application for Certification for the         )     (AFC Accepted 11/20/02)
Pico Power Project                            )     
By Silicon Valley Power                       )	    


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Committee designated to conduct proceedings on the Application for Certification for the PICO POWER PROJECT will hold an INFORMATIONAL HEARING and SITE VISIT as follows:

Monday, December 16, 2002
Beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Biltmore Hotel
2151 Laurelwood Road
Saratoga Ballroom, Salon 3
Santa Clara, California
(corner of Hwy 101 & the Montague Expressway)
(wheelchair accessible)
(Map Attached)

Prior to the informational hearing, members of the public are invited to join the committee on a tour of the proposed site during daylight hours. Bus transportation to the site will leave from the hearing location at 3:45. Reservations for bus transportation must be made through the Public Adviser's Office; please call (916) 654-4489 or toll-free (800) 822-6228. Reservations should be made no later than Thursday, December 12, 2002. Following the Site Visit, the buses will return to the hearing location, and the Informational Hearing will reconvene at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Landowners, members of the general-public, and interested agencies are invited to attend this event or any portion of this event, and question the Applicant and Energy Commission staff concerning the project. The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, will be present to assist interested individuals or organizations and to provide information on participating in the Commission's certification process. Ms. Mendonca may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or, (800) 822-6228 or email: [PAO@energy.state.ca.us].


The City of Santa Clara's electric department, doing business as Silicon Valley Power (SVP), proposes to construct, own, and operate an electric generating plant in the City of Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California, the Pico Power Project (PPP). The PPP will be a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle electric generating facility rated at a nominal net generating capacity of 122-megawatts (MW), with the ability to peak-fire to 147 MW.

Project Description

The proposed 2.86-acre project site is located west of the intersection of Lafayette Street and Duane Avenue and immediately north of SVP's Kifer Receiving Station. The project is surrounded by heavy industrial and light industrial land uses. The project site is owned by the City of Santa Clara and is zoned Public/Quasi-Public.

The proposed project would be dedicated to supplying power to SVP's native load customers. The PPP would provide approximately 25 percent of SVP's generation resources and will help SVP meet expected load growth by replacing the power obtained through a longterm sales agreement that will expire in 2005, just after the PPP would come on line.

The natural gas-fired, combined cycle, wet-cooled generating facility would consist of two General Electric LM-6000PC Sprint combustion turbine-generators (CTGs), a single condensing steam turbine generator (STG), a deaerating surface condenser, a mechanical draft plume-abated cooling tower; and associated support equipment. The CTGs are equipped with standard combustors, air inlet chilling, and heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) with duct burners.

Copies of the AFC are available at Santa Clara Main Library at 3345 Lochinvar Avenue.

Purpose of the Informational Hearing

Licensing of the electric generating plant and related facilities, such as the transmission line and natural gas pipeline, is under the Energy Commission's jurisdiction. The power plant certification process, which contains requirements equivalent to those under the California Environmental Quality Act, will examine all relevant engineering and environmental aspects of the proposed project. This process provides a public forum allowing:

to consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of the project, and to propose changes or alternatives to the project as necessary.

At the Informational Hearing, any of the foregoing participants will have an opportunity to obtain information and to offer comments on the AFC. Applicant will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the administrative licensing process and their role in reviewing the application. Applicant and Staff will also discuss proposed schedules and possible issues that may be significant during this proceeding.


In order to assist participants in understanding the project, Staff is directed to prepare and serve upon those listed on the attached Proof of Service List, an Issue Identification Report (IIR), which summarizes the potential major issues in this case no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2002. Copies of the IIR written statement may be obtained by calling Mathew Trask, the Project Manager, at (916) 654-4067. Staff's IIR will also be available on the Commission's Internet home page at [www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/picopower.html].

In addition, Applicant and Staff shall file proposed schedules for the certification review. Staff should endeavor to present its proposed schedule with the IIR; Applicant shall provide its proposed schedule no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2002.


Public Participation

Members of the general public are encouraged to attend and provide public comment. Please contact the Public Adviser as indicated above for further information on how to participate.

Additional Information

For technical questions about the project, contact Mathew Trask, the Commission's Project Manager, at (916) 654-4067 or email: [mtrask@energy.state.ca.us].

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Gary Fay, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3965 or email: [gfay@energy.state.ca.us].

If you have a disability and need assistance to participate in this event, contact Lourdes Quiroz at 916-654-5146 or e-mail at: [lquiroz@energy.state.ca.us].
Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications, at (916) 654-4989 or email: [energia@energy.ca.gov].
Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is also available on the Energy Commission's Internet home page at: [www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/picopower.html].

Dated: November 26, 2002

Presiding Member
Pico Power Project Committee

Commissioner and Associate Member
Pico Power Project Committee

| Back to Main Page | Homepage | Calendar | Directory/Index | Search |