For immediate release: February 9, 2000
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Energy Commission Approves
Second Power Plant in Pittsburg

Sacramento --ĘBy a 4-0 vote, the California Energy Commission today gave the Delta Energy Center final approval for construction and operation in the City of Pittsburg. The natural gas-fired power plant project, proposed by Calpine Corporation and Bechtel Enterprises, Inc., is expected to cost between $350 million to $450 million and create 24 permanent jobs.

The 880-megawatt power plant is approved for a 20-acre site parcel owned by Dow Chemical in the eastern industrialized portion of Pittsburg. It is expected to reach full-scale commercial operation by mid-year 2002. The plant will supply the chemical facility with process steam and about 20 megawatts of electricity. The balance of its electrical output will be sold into the California Power Exchange and other wholesale power consumers under prior sales agreements.

On December 23, 1999, the Energy Commission's Delta Energy Center Committee, comprised of Energy Commission Chairman William J. Keese, Presiding Member, and Commissioner Robert Pernell, Second Member, recommended the power plant for full-Commission approval. The Presiding Member's Proposed Decision and its February 2, 2000, 11-page Errata to the Decision on the Delta Energy Center may be accessed on the Commission's Web Site at:

The Committee's "green light" on the Delta Energy Center came after a rigorous, year-long review process in which the Commission actively sought public input on the proposal.

In its 325-page recommendation for approval, the Committee reviewed all aspects of the proposal, including environmental impacts, public health and safety, air quality, hazardous materials, and engineering alternatives. Based on evidence presented at formal hearings, the Committee recommended the project for certification under the Warren-Alquist Act and the California Environmental Quality Act.

The California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) has a project labor agreement with the Delta Energy Center to supply qualified workers from the local region for the construction, maintenance, and operation of the power plant.

Delta Energy Center facilities will include a new 3.3 mile, 230 kilovolt electric transmission line that will interconnect to the existing PG&E substation near the Pittsburg Power Plant; a new 5.2 mile natural gas fuel supply line that connects with PG&E's Line 400 in Antioch; and wastewater supply and discharge pipelines connected to the adjacent Delta Diablo Sanitation District. A 0.8 mile, 13.8 kilovolt line will supply electricity to Dow.

The Delta Energy Center becomes the fourth California power project approved by the Energy Commission since the State's electricity market was restructured in March 1998. These power plants include: Calpine Corporation's 500-megawatt Sutter County cogeneration project, the similar-sized Pittsburg District Energy Facility also in the City of Pittsburg, and the 1,048 megawatt La Paloma Generating Facility in the McKittrick area of Kern County.

Energy Commission Review of Other California Power Projects

The Energy Commission has exclusive jurisdiction to certify sites and related facilities for thermal power plants in California that generate 50 megawatts or more of electricity. This review process includes a comprehensive and objective analysis of all issues including, but not limited to, public health and safety, air quality, hazardous materials, environmental impacts and engineering design.

Public input is a key element of the Commission's rigorous scrutiny of each power plant proposal. Public participation is a requirement of both the Warren-Alquist Act and the California Environmental Quality Act.

Power plant proposals filed with the Energy Commission include the following projects, listed here, along with the cities or counties in which they are proposed for construction and the anticipated size and cost of each facility.

The Commission's Web Site provides information on all these projects at:

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