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For Immediate Release: December 31, 2007
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Public workshops and site visit for proposed Ivanpah solar thermal plant scheduled for January 4


Sacramento - Community members will have the chance to learn more about the proposed 400-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station at an issue request workshop, site visit and informational hearing in San Bernardino County.

When:

Friday, January 4, 2008

Where:

Primm Valley Golf Club, No. 1 Yates Well Road 4 miles southwest of Primm, Nevada. Exit Interstate 15 at Yates Well Road, San Bernardino County.

The issue request workshop will be held at the Club starting at 10am to help California Energy Commission and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff and other interested parties more fully understand the impacts of the proposed project, develop mitigation measures and where necessary to protect the environment and the public. The Energy Commission and the BLM have entered into an agreement for a joint review of thermal projects above 50 megawatts on federal land.

A bus departs for the site visit from the Club at 1:30pm with the public informational hearing to follow at the same location at 2:30pm. Transportation will be provided to and from the site.

Who:

Energy Commissioner Jeffrey Byron, presiding member and Commission Vice Chairman James D. Boyd 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 all interested parties to participate in the review of the planned power plant.

What:

The Energy Commission began the 12-month licensing process for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station, the first solar thermal facility to be proposed in 16 years, on October 31, 2007. The project will develop three solar thermal power plants and shared facilities near Ivanpah Dry Lake in San Bernardino County, on land managed by the BLM. If licensed, the proposed project would be constructed in three phases: two 100-megawatt (MW) phases (known as Ivanpah 1 and Ivanpah 2) and a 200-MW phase (Ivanpah 3). The plants will be based on distributed power tower and heliostat mirror technology, in which heliostat (mirror) fields focus solar energy on power tower receivers near the center of each heliostat array. The total area required for all three phases would be 3,400-acres (or 5.3 square miles).

Why:

If approved by the Commission, construction of the project is expected to begin in early 2009, and targeted for completion in late 2012.

More information on the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is available on the Energy Commission website at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/ivanpah/

Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 63 power plants, totaling 23,946 MW. Thirty-nine licensed power plants are in operation, producing 13,087 MW. Since Gov. Schwarzenegger took office, 18 of these power plants, totaling 6,910 MW, have been approved. In addition, 18 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 7,271 MW. More information about Energy Commission power plant projects is available at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/all_projects.html

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