For immediate release: September 14, 2000
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



Government Agencies Issue Joint Draft
Assessment of Blythe Power Plant

The staffs of the California Energy Commission and Western Area Power Administration have filed their draft analysis of the Blythe Energy Project. The document called the Preliminary Staff Assessment / Draft Environmental Assessment, is now available from the California Energy Commission.

The draft report includes a detailed description of the electricity generation project. The report can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's Web Site located at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/blythe

The proposed project would be a 520-megawatt combined cycle power plant that would be constructed and operated in the City of Blythe.

The draft document contains conclusions and recommendations that may change by the time the staff completes its Final Staff Assessment/Environmental Assessment.

Energy Commission staff and the Western Area Power Administration scheduled several workshops to discuss the draft document. The workshops will be held as follows:

Monday, September 18, 2000
2 - 5 p.m
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 19, 2000
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

City of Blythe
City Hall
Multi-purpose Room
235 North Broadway
Blythe, California 92225
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Scheduled as part of the Commission's comprehensive review of the proposed Blythe Power Project, the workshops will allow staff to receive comments from the applicant, the public, intervenors in the proceeding, as well as local, state and federal agencies. This information will be used to prepare the Final Staff Assessment/Environmental Assessment.

Persons requiring information on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the proposed project should contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at: pao@energy.state.ca.us

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