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For Immediate Release: October 21, 2004
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Begins Considering Request to License Blythe Transmission Line


Sacramento -The California Energy Commission today assigned a Committee of two Commissioners to conduct a review of the proposal to build a transmission line for the Blythe Energy Project. The 520-megawatt power plant began supplying electricity to the grid in 2003 but, due to transmission line constraints, is often prevented from delivering the full output of the facility to California. The new line, if approved and constructed, would eliminate the transmission line constraints.

The proposal is being processed as an amendment to the Energy Commissions Final Decision on the Blythe Energy Project. In its review, the Commission will examine potential impacts to public health and safety, as well as the environment, and will mitigate potential impacts. This process will provide the public with opportunities to comment on the proposal and its possible impacts.

The modifications proposed in the amendment request would include an upgrade for the Buck Substation near the Blythe Energy Project, along with the installation of just over 67 miles of new 230 kilovolt transmission line. The new line would follow an existing transmission line route for most of its length from the Buck Substation to the Julian Hinds Substation near Hayfield. Nearly seven miles of transmission line would also connect the Buck Substation to a new substation near Southern California Edisons 500 kilovolt Devers-to-Palo Verde transmission line.

Public involvement is an important part of the Energy Commission certification process. To find out how to participate in this review, contact the Commissions Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at:

pao@energy.state.ca.us

Reporter Notes:
Please address media inquiries to Chris Davis in the Energy Commission Media & Public Communications office at (916) 654-4989.

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