[Workshop Notice Letterhead]

Pico Power Project
Preconstruction Workshop

Purpose: The staff of the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) will hold a workshop with the Pico Power Project applicant to discuss preconstruction reporting requirements for the project. Because the applicant intends to immediately commence construction of the project, if it is approved by the Energy Commission, it is voluntarily commencing preconstruction reporting activities. The applicant is undertaking this process at its own risk, since there is no guarantee that the Energy Commission will approve the project. Staff and the applicant will discuss the requirements for plans to be submitted concerning preconstruction activities in the technical areas of Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Facility Design, Public Health, Paleontology, Soil and Water Resources, Transmission System Engineering, Visual Resources, Waste Management, and Worker Safety and Fire Protection. Parties that cannot attend the workshop in Sacramento can access the discussion via telephone conference by calling 1-888-942-8133 toll-free and entering the code TRASK CALL to gain access. The workshop will likely be continued on May 28th, also at the Energy Commission in Sacramento, and also accessible by teleconference. Details of the extended session on the 28th will be announced during the workshop on the 22nd, and posted on the Energy Commission's Web Site (address below).
When: Thursday, May 22, 2003
Location: Hearing Room A
California Energy Commission
1516 9th St. (see map on reverse)
Sacramento, California
Time: 10:00 a.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 (SVP), 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, combined-cycle electric generating facility. The proposed 3-acre project site is located west of the intersection of Lafayette Street and Duane Avenue and immediately north of SVP's Kifer Receiving Station in the City of Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California. The new combined-cycle facility is expected to generate 122 megawatts (MW) under nominal conditions, with the ability to generate up to 147 MW with supplemental duct firing.
Public Participation: The public is encouraged to participate and provide comments at the workshop, either in person or via the teleconference. 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 Lourdes Quiroz, at (916) 654-5146, at least five days prior to the workshop.
Agency Participation: The Energy Commission 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 plant is available on the Energy Commission's Web Site at:


Inquiries about the project schedule or analysis, as well as technical questions about the workshop, should be directed to Matt Trask, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 654-4067, or by e-mail at: mtrask@energy.state.ca.us. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director, at (916) 654-4989.

DATE ON LINE: May 9, 2003

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

Mail Lists: 7160, 7161, 7162, POS

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