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September 27, 2007


California Energy Commission responsible for final project approval

Fresno, CA – The Kings River Conservation District filed an Application for Certification (AFC) for the KRCD Community Power Plant on September 27, 2007. A Press Conference will be held on Friday, September 28, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the KRCD District Office, 4886 East Jensen Avenue, Fresno, California. The purpose of the press conference is to provide information and respond to questions about the AFC filing and Power Plant project.

Key Speakers:

  • City of Parlier Mayor Armando Lopez
  • City Manager of Parlier Lou Martinez
  • KRCD General Manager David Orth
  • KRCD Board Vice President Brent Graham

"KRCD is committed to an open, responsive and comprehensive public process related to the building of the proposed power plant," said David Orth, general manager of the Kings River Conservation District. "With the start-up of the detailed public hearing process required by the California Energy Commission, our goal will be to provide transparent and accurate information about the Community Power Plant project to our community at large."

The proposed KRCD Community Power Plant will be located south of and adjacent to the Parlier Wastewater Treatment Plant on the east side of Bethel Avenue, between Manning and Dinuba avenues in Fresno County. "The power plant will use reclaimed water from Parlier’s waste water treatment plant. This allows the City to hold off on spending money to expand our treatment capacity," stated Parlier City Manager Lou Martinez. The power plant will also prevent tons of salt from entering the groundwater each year improving the surrounding drinking water supply. "Because of the economic and resource benefits to our community, this project has received unanimous support from the Parlier City Council," stated Parlier Mayor Armando Lopez.

As an area in the state that is designated as generation deficient, the proposed gas-fired power plant will provide clean, reliable and lower-cost electricity for the businesses and residents of the central San Joaquin Valley. "This plant will be a state-of-the-art project that will provide low-cost electricity, millions of dollars into the local economy spent on supplies and materials, and hundreds of skilled jobs to our communities," stated Orth.

As a local resource agency, KRCD's mission is to develop power resources for the public good. The plant will have high efficiencies and low emissions. Its carbon dioxide emissions rate would be approximately 25 percent less than California’s newly established threshold for greenhouse gas emissions. KRCD will use the most advanced air emissions control systems available. This design will result in a project that is one of the lowest emitting fossil fuel power generating facilities in California. "KRCD brings 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," stated KRCD Board Vice President Brent Graham.

The Parlier site was selected for its proximity to an existing electrical substation that serves the Greater Fresno Area, an adequate supply of waste water for cooling, and an opportunity to expand fuel capacity in the region.

In addition to the power plant, KRCD has solicited proposals for up to 400 megawatts of renewable energy (solar, biomass, wind, low-head hydro) to meet the long-term electric needs of the San Joaquin Valley Power Authority. As a contractor of the Authority, KRCD is committed to identifying eligible renewable energy generators within the region to support the generation of green energy in the San Joaquin Valley.

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 successfully operates the Malaga Peaking Plant near the community of Malaga.

A public agency formed in 1951, KRCD serves the agricultural, business and 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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