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For Immediate Release: September 20, 2006
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

California Energy Commission to hold evidentiary
Hearing on Blythe Energy Project Transmission Line


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission will hold an evidentiary hearing on Friday, September 22, 2006, to take testimony and evidence necessary to make a decision on the transmission line changes for the Blythe Energy Project.

This evidentiary hearing establishes the factual record required for a decision on the project proposal. The record is developed by testimony and documentary evidence.

Date/Time:

Friday, September 22, 2006
2 p.m.

Location:

Hearing Room B
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA

Blythe Energy LLC proposed transmission line modifications that would allow electricity from the Blythe Energy Project (BEP) to be delivered to the California Independent System Operator-controlled electrical transmission system in Southern California. Blythe Energy owns a 520-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant within the city of Blythe.

In 2001, the Energy Commission approved the Blythe Energy application for certification for the BEP. The power plant began generating electricity in 2003. There are two distinct components to the proposed BEP transmission line modifications:

Buck to Julian Hinds Transmission Line Component:

  • Upgrades to Buck Substation.
  • Installation of approximately 67.4 miles of new 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line between the Buck Substation located adjacent to the BEP and the Julian Hinds Substation located approximately sixty miles to the west.
  • The proposed transmission line route would generally follow Southern California Edison's (SCE's) existing 500 kV Devers-Palo Verde ("D-PV") transmission line.
  • Transmission line structures would be concrete, single-pole structures.
  • Upgrades to the Julian Hinds Substation.

Buck to Devers-Palo Verde Transmission Line Component:

  • Upgrades to Buck Substation.
  • Installation of approximately 6.7 miles of a new 230 kV transmission line (initially operated at 161 kV) between the Buck Substation and SCE's existing D-PV 500 kV transmission line.
  • Transmission line structures would be concrete single-pole structures.
  • Construction of a new 161 kV to 500 kV substation ("Midpoint Substation") at the point of interconnection with SCE's existing D-PV 500 kV transmission line.

TELECONFERENCE OPTION: For the convenience of individuals who cannot travel to Sacramento, the following toll-free phone number will be available at 2:30 p.m. to allow callers to participate in the evidentiary hearing:

Call: 1-800-857-0373

Pass Code: Blythe
Conference Leader: Ed Bouillon

For security reasons, the pass code and the leader's name will be required to join your call.

Members of the public may participate at the evidentiary hearing by providing oral or written comments on the project. For information on how to participate, contact Margret J. Kim, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at 916-654-4489 or 1-800-822-6228 or email at: [pao@energy.state.ca.us].

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