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For Immediate Release: May 23, 2007
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Site Visit and Informational Hearing for Victorville Hybrid Power Plant


Sacramento - Community members interested in the proposed Victorville solar/natural gas hybrid power plant may tour the site and attend an informational hearing on June 8.

A committee of California Energy Commission members - Vice Chair James Boyd, Presiding Member, and Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Associate Member - will conduct the site visit and informational hearing regarding the 536-megawatt (MW) Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project. The public hearing and site visit are the first steps in the formal licensing process that allows members of the public and governmental agencies to hear information and offer comments on the proposal.

The city of Victorville is the applicant and will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. The Energy Commission staff will explain the regulatory review process and the Energy Commission's role in evaluating the project.

Date/time:

Friday, June 8, 2007
Site visit begins (bus leaves) at 1:30 p.m.
Public informational hearing begins at 2:30 p.m.

 

Location:

Southern California Logistics Airport
Administrative Office Building
18374 Phantom Street, Victorville, CA
(Wheelchair accessible)

On April 11, 2007, the Energy Commission began review of the proposed Victorville 2 power project. The review process will take about 12 months. During the review period, the Energy Commission will determine whether the proposed project complies with applicable laws related to public health and safety, environmental impacts, and engineering requirements.

The city of Victorville submitted an Application for Certification on February 28, 2007, to construct and operate the hybrid power project, which involves a mix of natural gas-fired combined cycle generating equipment integrated with solar thermal generating equipment. The 388-acre site is located just north of the Southern California Logistics Airport, site of the former George Air Force Base, about 3.5 miles east of Highway 395 and about a half-mile west of the Mojave River.

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 start construction in summer 2008, and the power plant may 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 63 power plants, totaling 23,549 MW. Thirty-eight 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, 14 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 5,741 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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