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For Immediate Release: October 2, 2007
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Site visit, informational hearing for proposed power plant in
Riverside County scheduled for October 5


Sacramento - Everyone interested in the CPV Sentinel Energy Project will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the proposed 850-megawatt power plant during an informational hearing and site visit.

When: Friday, October 5, 2007

Where: A bus departs at 12:15 p.m. from Carl May Center, 11711 West Drive, Desert Hot Springs for the site visit. A public informational hearing follows at the center (wheelchair accessible) at 1:45 p.m.

Who: The CPV Sentinel Project committee of California Energy Commission Vice Chairman James D. Boyd, presiding member and Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, associate member, will lead the site visit and conduct the informational hearing on the proposed plant. These steps are the first in a formal review process that allows the public, governmental agencies and other interested parties to hear information and offer comments on the planned $440-million project.

What: The Energy Commission accepted the application for the proposed power plant on a vote of 4-0 on August 29th. The simple cycle plant, proposed for Commission approval by the Silver Spring, Maryland-based Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. is planned for construction on a 37-acre site in unincorporated Riverside County near Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs.

Why: If approved and built, the facility would remain idle until it is called upon to ramp up quickly when electricity demand is high in a region that continues to grow and strains the electricity grid during the hot summer months. More information on the CPV Sentinel Energy Project is available on the Energy Commission website at:

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

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