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For More Information: Cristel Tufenkjian, KRCD's Manager of Community and Public Relations, 559.237.5567, Extension 118, cell 559.906.2952

January 14, 2008

FIRST PUBLIC HEARING CONDUCTED FOR KRCD'S PROPOSED COMMUNITY POWER PLANT

Parlier, CA - On January 14, 2007, the California Energy Commission conducted the first of several public hearings for KRCD's proposed 565-megawatt, natural gas-fired Community Power Plant (CPP) project in Fresno County. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the proposed facility, answer questions, take public testimony and tour the proposed site.

Energy Commission Chairman Jakalyne Pfannenstiel led the site visit and conducted the informational hearing, which is the first in a formal review process that allows the public, governmental agencies and other interested parties to participate in the review of the planned power plant.

"KRCD is committed to an open, responsive and comprehensive public process related to the building of the proposed power plant, and we are supportive of the Energy Commission's rigorous permitting process," said KRCD's General Manager David Orth.

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 of Parlier to hold off on spending money to expand treatment capacity. 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 City Manager Lou Martinez.

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 standard 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 Orth.

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.

For more information, visit the following websites:
Public Adviser's Office
California Energy Commission
1516 9th Street, MS-12, Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel:(916) 654-4489 or toll-free at (800) 822-6228; e-mail: pao@energy.state.ca.us

KRCD Community Power Plant: www.krcd.org/power/community_power/

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