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For Immediate Release: January 8, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Pre-hearing conference and evidentiary hearing scheduled
for proposed Colusa Generating Station

Attention Editors:

The California Energy Commission Committee reviewing the Colusa Generating Station power plant project in Colusa County has scheduled a pre-hearing conference and an evidentiary hearing on the project.

The pre-hearing conference will be conducted on Thursday, January 10 2008 beginning at 2pm at Hearing Room A, California Energy Commission 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento. This date has been changed from January 9, 2008.

The conference is a public forum that will provide the Energy Commission Committee reviewing the proposed power plant an opportunity to assess the readiness of all parties for evidentiary hearings, identify areas of agreement and dispute and discuss procedures.

Evidentiary hearings will be held at the same location on January 23, 2008 beginning at 10am at the same location in Sacramento.

The evidentiary hearings will establish the factual record upon which the Commission will decide this case based on written or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding.

Members of the public are welcome to attend both events. It is not necessary for anyone to be a formal intervenor to take part in the public process. However, only formal parties may present and cross-examine witnesses at the evidentiary hearing.

The Colusa Generating Station would be situated on a 31-acre portion of a 100-acre parcel of the Holthouse Ranch property, about 14 miles north of Williams in Colusa County. If it receives a license from the Energy Commission, project construction is scheduled to occur over 24 months, beginning in early 2008. The proposed power plant, which has been designed as a turnkey facility to be transferred to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, would begin generating electricity by the spring of 2010.

More information on the proposed plant is available at:


Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 63 power plants, totaling 23,946 MW. Thirty-nine licensed power plants are in operation, producing 13,087 MW. Since Gov. Schwarzenegger took office, 18 of these power plants, totaling 6,910 MW, have been approved. In addition, 18 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 7,271 MW. More information about Energy Commission power plant projects is available at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/all_projects.html

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