[Workshop Notice Letterhead]

Pico Power Project
Data Response / Issue Resolution
Staff Workshop

Purpose: The staff of the California Energy Commission will hold a workshop for the proposed Pico Power Project. One of the purposes for the workshop is to discuss the Applicant's data responses in technical areas that include, but are not limited to, air quality, biological resources and visual resources. Another purpose is to resolve any outstanding issues, specifically, nitrogen deposition and mitigation of impacts to the bay Checkerspot butterfly. Parties that cannot attend the workshop in Sacramento can access the workshop via telephone conference by calling 1-888-455-9639 toll-free and entering the code 20043 to gain access.

When:    Tuesday, January 14, 2003
Location:   Hearing Room A
California Energy Commission
1516  9th Street
Sacramento, California
Time:   1 p.m. - ending no later than 5:00 p.m.

Project Summary: On October 7, 2002, the City of Santa Clara's electric department, doing business as Silicon Valley Power (City of Santa Clara, or Applicant), filed an Application for Certification (AFC) seeking approval from the California Energy Commission to construct and operate the Pico Power Project (PPP), a natural gas-fired combustion turbine electric generating facility on a 3-acre site within the City of Santa Clara in Santa Clara County, California. The new combined-cycle facility is expected to generate 122 megawatts (MW) under nominal conditions, with the ability to peak fire up to 147 MW. The Commission ruled on November 20, 2002, that the AFC was data adequate, allowing Commission staff to begin their review of the AFC under the Commission's 6- month expedited AFC review process.

Public Participation: The public is encouraged to participate and provide comments. For information on how to participate in the 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 Lou Quiroz at least five days prior to the workshop at (916) 654-5146.

Agency Participation: The Energy Commission's staff encourages attendance by representatives of those agencies that have either direct or indirect interests in the purposes of this workshop.

Questions: General information on the proposed power plant is available on the Energy Commission's Web Site at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/picopower. Inquiries about the project schedule or analysis should be directed to Matt Trask, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 654-4067, or e-mail at [mtrask@energy.state.ca.us]. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director, at (916) 654-4989.

Date online January 3, 2003

Commissioner and Presiding Member
Pico Power Project AFC Committee

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