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For Immediate Release: April 11, 2007
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989

Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project to Undergo
Licensing Review


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today accepted an application from the city of Victorville for its proposed 563-megawatt (MW) Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project (Victorville 2). The action starts the Energy Commission's licensing review process.

The Energy Commission voted 4-0 to accept the project as "data adequate," meaning the Commission has enough information to begin the yearlong evaluation of the project. Vice Chair James Boyd, Presiding Member, and Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Associate Member, will make up the committee overseeing the 12-month process that assures the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act are met.

On February 28, 2007, the city of Victorville submitted an Application for Certification to construct and operate the Victorville 2 project on 388 acres located just north of the Southern California Logistics Airport, site of the former George Air Force Base. The project site is situated about 3.5 miles east of Highway 395 and about a half-mile west of the Mojave River.

The proposed integrated solar-thermal/combined-cycle plant is designed to deliver electricity 24 hours a day. Victorville 2 would include two natural gas-fired combustion turbine-generators rated at 154 MW each, two heat recovery steam generators, one steam turbine-generator rated at 268 MW, and 250 acres of parabolic solar-thermal collectors with associated heat transfer equipment. The solar-thermal collectors would contribute up to 50 MW of the steam turbine generator's 268 MW output, and with plant auxiliary loads of about 13 MW, Victorville 2's net output would be 563 MW. The power plant's capital cost is estimated to be $450 million. If the project is approved by the Energy Commission, the city of Victorville expects to begin construction in summer 2008 and begin to generate electricity for its customers by summer 2010.

Throughout the project's 12-month licensing process, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings in Victorville regarding the proposal to determine whether it should be approved for construction and operation and under what set of conditions. More information on the Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project is available on the Energy Commission website: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/victorville2/index.html

Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 60 power plants, totaling 23,549 MW. Thirty-six licensed power plants are in operation, producing 12,910 MW. Since Governor Schwarzenegger took office, 18 of these power plants, totaling 6,913 MW, have been approved. In addition, 13 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 5,685 MW. More information on Energy Commission power plant projects is available at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/all_projects.html.

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