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For Immediate Release: October 11, 2006
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989

California Energy Commission approves changes for
the Blythe Energy Transmission Line Project


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today approved the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision for the Blythe Energy Project Transmission Line Modification.

The Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve the changes. The Energy Commission Blythe Transmission Line Project Committee - consisting of Commissioner John Geesman, Presiding Member, and Commission Vice Chair James Boyd, Associate Member - recommended the following modifications:

  • A midpoint substation connecting to Southern California Edison's (SCE) Devers-Palo Verde 1 (D-PV1) transmission line at either the "Proposed Midpoint Substation" location or the "Proposed Desert Southwest Midpoint Substation" location, to be chosen by project owner Blythe Energy LLC at its discretion.


  • A 6.7- or 11.9-mile (depending on the Midpoint Substation location chosen) 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line connecting the new midpoint substation to the existing Buck Boulevard Substation.


  • Modification of existing switching equipment and the addition of new equipment, resulting in a small expansion of the Metropolitan Water District's (MWD) Julian Hinds substation near Hayfield.


  • A 67.4-mile 230-kV transmission line between the Buck Boulevard substation and the Julian Hinds substation.


Blythe Energy owns a 520-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant within the city of Blythe in eastern Riverside County. Currently, only a small portion of the generating capacity can reach California markets directly. Blythe Energy LLC proposed transmission line modifications that would allow full generating capacity from the Blythe Energy Project (BEP) to be delivered to the California Independent System Operator-controlled electrical transmission system in Southern California. The environmental review of the transmission line modification project was performed jointly by the Energy Commission, the Bureau of Land Management and the Western Area Power Administration.

In 2001, the Energy Commission approved the Blythe Energy application for certification for the BEP. The power plant began generating electricity in July 2003. More information about the Blythe Energy Project is available at the Energy Commission website at:

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

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