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Anaheim Receives the Green Light to Construct Canyon Power Project -- Creating 200 Local Jobs
ANAHEIM, CA - (March 17, 2010) - The California Energy Commission (CEC) today approved the construction of the Canyon Power Project (Project) in Anaheim.

In a unanimous vote, the five-member Energy Commission adopted the presiding member's proposed decision that recommended licensing the facility. The Canyon Power Project is designed to meet Anaheim’s power needs, when demand is highest and supply is scarce, by generating up to 200 Megawatts (MW) of electricity – enough power for 150,000 residential customers.

According to the CEC, the Project will have no significant impacts on the environment and conforms to all laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards. In fact, the Project will improve Anaheim’s ability to provide cleaner energy to its customers – in part because the new facility will be powered by natural gas, a cleaner alternative to other fossil fuels, such as coal. Since its output can be adjusted quickly, the Project will also help Anaheim increase its share of renewable resources, like solar or wind, whose power output is dependent on weather conditions.

A variety of sustainable features will also be integrated into the development of the facility; solar panels placed on the rooftops and thermal energy storage units, which freeze air at night and provide the chilled air during the day to reduce peak demand, will be used to run the Plant Operation Building. With these sustainable elements in place, the Project aims to obtain LEED certification.

“Receiving licensing approval from the CEC is a tremendous milestone,” said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, “and it is a testament to the persistence and innovation of our Anaheim utility team and the support we received from the Governor’s office. Not only will Anaheim residents and businesses soon benefit from this clean natural gas-fired facility by having reliable local generation, the Project will also help boost the local workforce by employing approximately 200 workers during construction.”

The Project site will be at 3071 East Miraloma Avenue, in Anaheim, in a designated industrial zone that is physically removed from any immediate residential developments. This location was chosen for its proximity to necessary infrastructure, such as an electric transmission line, nearby recycled water supply, and natural gas transmission lines.

Construction of the Project is expected to begin in spring 2010 and estimated to be completed by the end of 2011, with power being delivered approximately 12 months after the start of construction.

For more information visit, anaheim.net/utilities and under “The Latest” section, click on Canyon Power Project.
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