Workshop to be held October 19 for Quail Brush generation project

SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission staff will hold a workshop for the proposed Quail Brush Generation Project.

When: Friday, October 19, 2012, beginning at 1 p.m. Public comments and questions are scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

Where: Grossmont College, Griffin Center Building, Griffin Gate Room, 8800 Grossman College Drive, El Cajon, California.

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the workshop to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the link and scroll to page 2:

Why: The workshop is being held to provide a public forum for staff, the project applicant, intervenors, the public and interested agencies to discuss issues related to the project. The technical areas scheduled to be discussed are biological resources, fire protection, noise, soil & water resources, and visual resources. The workshop will also give the chance for the public to ask questions and comment about the project and the staff’s environmental review.

What: The applicant for the proposed 100-megawatt peaker power plant is Quail Brush Genco, LLC. Quail Brush Genco, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cogentrix Energy, LLC.

The proposed natural gas-fired power plant consists of 11 reciprocating Wartsila engines that would provide electricity to San Diego Gas & Electric customers during periods of peak demand or as needed to supplement electricity from renewable sources.

The proposed site is located south of the Sycamore Landfill near the intersection of Sycamore Landfill Road and Mast Boulevard in San Diego. The project would be on approximately 11 acres within a 21.6-acre parcel.

The estimated capital investment for the facility would be more than $150 million. If approved, construction of the plant, from site preparation and grading to commercial operation, would take place from March 2013 to June 2014. The project would average 124 workers per month during the 18-month construction period, with a maximum of 268 at the peak. Eleven full-time employees would be needed when the project is operating, according to the applicant.