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Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:25 am, Thu Aug 9, 2012.

Local and state leaders will gather near White Slough treatment plant to dedicate the Lodi Energy Center on Friday.

The Lodi Energy Center is a natural gas power plant that will generate 300 megawatts of power, which is enough to power a little less than 300,000 homes on average, said Kevin Cunningham, the plant's general manager. Lodi will receive 30 megawatts.

The 10 a.m. dedication will include a tour of the $452 million power plant for the 300 invited guests, according to a news release.

Speakers include California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, Chairman of the California Energy Commission Robert Weisenmiller and Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills.

Representatives from Siemens Energy — the company that produced the main power island — and members of the construction team will also speak as well as Lodi Councilman Larry Hansen and Healdsburg Mayor Gary Plass, who will talk on behalf of the 13 cities and agencies participating in the project.

Gov. Jerry Brown, Sen. Dianne Feinstien, D-Calif., and Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, have sent videotaped messages that will be played.

The entire project will be paid for through bond financing. Lodi Electric Utility users will pay down the utility's $41 million share of the bond debt in their electric utility rates.

The Northern California Power Agency will construct, own and operate the plant, and it will pay the city of Lodi to rent the land and to use Lodi's wastewater in the plant.

The combined-cycle power plant is designed to start up in two hours, which is much quicker than the typical six to eight hours of most plants. That means there are fewer emissions, Cunningham said.

Cunningham said the plant is the "cleanest, most efficient power plant in the country."

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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