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For Immediate Release: March 10, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Data Response & lssue Resolution Workshop for the
Carrizo Solar Farm Project, Wednesday, March 12


Attention Editors:

California Energy Commission staff will conduct a data request and issues resolution workshop for the proposed 177-megawatt Carrizo Energy Solar Farm in Western San Luis Obispo County.

When: Beginning at 5 pm, Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Where: Carrisa Plains Heritage Association Community Center 10750 Carrisa Highway (State Route 58, near Simmler and California Valley) Approximately 44 miles east of Santa Margarita)

What: The workshop will discuss the applicant's responses to staff's data requests and work toward resolving issues related to the proposed solar thermal facility to be developed on 640 acres of unincorporated San Luis Obispo County west of the Kern County line. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.

Who: Energy Commission staff currently analyzing Ausra Energy's proposed project will focus on the following technical areas: biological resources, cultural resources, land use, noise, traffic and transportation, soil and water resources, visual resources and waste management. Other areas may be discussed as necessary.

Why: The Energy Commission began review of the project on December 19, 2007. The solar farm would produce power by using the sun's heat to boil water to power electrical steam generators. The project design will incorporate Ausra's proprietary method of concentrating solar energy on pipes in an elevated receiver. The solar energy boils water within a row of specially coated stainless steel pipes in an insulated cavity to produce saturated steam for the generators. Steam used by the steam turbines would be condensed back to water and returned to the solar field.

If licensed by the Energy Commission, the CESF will begin construction in 2009. The project is expected to go on line and contribute electricity to the grid on or before May of 2010.

Throughout the project's 12-month licensing review, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings in San Luis Obispo County on the proposed plant to determine whether it should be certified for a license and under what set of conditions. More information on the Carrizo Energy Solar Farm is available at:

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

Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 65 power plants, totaling 24,566) MW. Thirty-eight licensed power plants are in operation, producing 13,087 MW. Since Gov. Schwarzenegger took office, 20 of these power plants, totaling 7,530 MW have been approved. In addition, 18 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 7,451 MW.

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