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Cristel Tufenkjian, 559.237.5567, Extension 118, cell 559.906.2952

September 29, 2009


Fresno, CA - At a special board meeting on September 29, Kings River Conservation District board members took action to withdraw its Community Power Plant application from the California Energy Commission's permitting process. Board President Mark McKean cited delays in implementation of Community Choice, ongoing economic conditions, continued limitations in the credit markets, and fiscal issues affecting local governments as factors impacting KRCD's ability to move forward with the proposed power plant.

In a rapidly growing area of the state, dependent upon electrical generation imported from other regions, the proposed 565-megawatt, gas-fired power plant would provide clean, reliable and lower-cost electricity for the businesses and residents of the central San Joaquin Valley. Sited in the Parlier area, the plant would be a state-of-the-art project providing millions of dollars into the local economy spent on supplies and materials and hundreds of skilled jobs to the region. The use of reclaimed water for the project would limit the need for the cities of Parlier and Sanger to expand their wastewater disposal facilities. The power plant would also prevent several hundred tons of salt from entering the groundwater each year improving the surrounding drinking water supply.

"This is a good project that would provide a variety benefits for the region. In the future, as conditions improve, it may be possible to proceed with development of the proposed power plant or a similar facility to support the greater Fresno area," stated McKean. "KRCD will continue to bring our values of balanced resource management and experience into building the infrastructure that is required to ensure we have the energy our Valley needs now and into the future."

As a local resource agency, KRCD's mission includes developing power resources for the public good. Since 1984, KRCD has successfully operated the Pine Flat Power Plant, providing reliable, low-cost power to the Department of Water Resources for use in the State Water Project's vital pumping facilities. In addition, KRCD operates the Malaga Peaking Plant near the community of Malaga.

A public agency formed in 1951, KRCD serves the agricultural, business and community residents within 1.2 million acres in portions of Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties. KRCD is a leading resource management agency for water, power, and the environment in the Kings River service area.

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