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For Immediate Release: November 9, 2004
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Public To Learn About Blythe Transmission Line Proposal


Sacramento - Members of the public, government agencies and other interested parties have an opportunity to learn more about the proposed Blythe Transmission Line at public events on Wednesday, November 10, 2004.

Blythe Energy, LLC, is proposing to build two transmission lines and a substation to allow the full electrical output from the Blythe Energy Center to be delivered into the Southern California electrical system. The modifications would also help relieve future transmission congestion and provide needed energy supplies in Southern California.

The proposal is being processed as an amendment to the Energy Commissions Final Decision on the Blythe Energy Project. In this review, the Energy Commission, Bureau of Land Management and Western Area Power Administration will examine potential impacts to public health and safety, as well as the environment, and suggest mitigation measures for potential impacts. This process will provide the public with opportunities to comment on the proposal and the possible impacts.

The modifications proposed in the amendment petition include two new transmission lines. The first involves the installation of just over 67 miles of a new 230-kilovolt transmission line from the Buck Substation to the Julian Hinds Substation near Hayfield, along with an upgrade of the Buck Substation near the Blythe Energy Project. The second line would cover nearly seven miles connecting the Buck Substation with a new substation to be built near Southern California Edisons 500-kilovolt, Devers-to-Palo Verde Transmission Line.

The following events are scheduled for November 10, 2004:

What: Site Visit - tour portion of transmission line and new substation
When: Departs at approximately 11:30 a.m.
What: Informational Hearing
When: Blythe City Hall Council Chambers
235 N. Broadway
Blythe, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Bus transportation for the site visit will be provided from the hearing location. Landowners, members of the public and governmental agencies that will be involved in the review are invited to participate in both events. Reservations for the site visit must be made by calling the Energy Commissions Public Advisers office at (916) 654-4489, (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at:

pao@energy.state.ca.us

The Energy Commissions Public Adviser will provide a representative to explain the Commissions certification process and assist those interested in participating in the case.

More information about the Blythe Transmission Line project is available on the Energy Commission website at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/blythetline

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

The Energy Commission is continuously updating the media database that we use to send news releases and news advisories. Members of the media who wish to be added to the database, have their contact information updated, or deleted, should send an e-mail to:

mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us

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