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For Immediate Release: December 15, 2005
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Approves Second Power Plant in Blythe


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission has unanimously approved the 520-megawatt Blythe Energy Project Phase II that will be located in the City of Blythe, Riverside County, near the existing Blythe Phase I facility. At a December 14, 2005, Business Meeting, Commissioners adopted the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD) after concluding that the efficient combined-cycle facility met that Siting Committee's recommendations to mitigate potential environmental and community impacts. The Energy Commission's process ensures that all facilities comply with state laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards required for power plant licensing in California.

Project Phase II is located at the site the Blythe Energy Project, Phase I, which began generating electricity in July 2003. Blythe II may use some existing facilities at the site, including the groundwater supply, treatment system, fire protection facilities, and access roads.

Caithness Blythe II, LLC owns the natural gas-fired generation station, while a separate company, Florida Power and Light, owns Project Phase I of the plant. Construction of the project is expected to take 20 months and cost $250 million. An Energy Commission siting committee composed of Commissioners John Geesman and Arthur Rosenfeld held public hearings to review the Blythe II proposal. Based on the evidence and staff recommendations, the committee issued the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision that recommended licensing the facility. The full Energy Commission then approves, modifies or denies proposed decisions. The Commissioners voted 4-0 in favor of approving the plant.

The Blythe II Commission final decision is available on the Energy Commission Web:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/blythe2/index.html

Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given Small Power Plant Exemptions to 54 facilities, totaling 25,125 megawatts. Nineteen of these power plants (6,270 megawatts) have been approved since Governor Schwarzenegger took office. Twenty-four newly licensed power plants are in operation, producing 10,895 megawatts. In addition seven projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process representing 1,965 megawatts.In addition, five projects remain active in the Energy Commission review process, representing 1,595 megawatts.

More information on Energy Commission power plant projects is available at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/all_projects.html

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