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For Immediate Release: May 30, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

Proposed decision released for hybrid power plant in
San Bernardino County


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the 563-megawatt Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project has released its Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD). In the PMPD, the committee stated that the proposed hybrid power plant in San Bernardino County could be licensed for construction if certain conditions are met.

The PMPD is not a final decision on the project. The committee, led by Energy Commission Vice Chair James D. Boyd, released the PMPD for 30 days of public comments. After this review period, the committee will consider input and then hold a public conference on the PMPD on June 17 in Sacramento. The proposed document will be considered before the full Energy Commission for a final vote on July 16. According to the PMPD, the committee would require the city of Victorville to make sure that special-status animal species found on the plant site are protected.

The city, which will own the facility, would have to purchase and preserve at least three times the acreage to be occupied by the plant and its facilities as habitat replacement lands for the desert tortoise, Mohave ground squirrel and burrowing owl.

The owner has developed required mitigation plans for biological resources in consultation with staff of the Energy Commission, the California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as other technical advisers.

The Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project will occupy a total of 388 acres in Victorville, immediately north of the Southern California Logistics Airport. The plant's two natural gas-fired combustion turbines, heat recovery systems and steam turbine would be capable of delivering electricity 24 hours a day.

The solar component, made up of parabolic solar-thermal collectors and associated heat transfer equipment will contribute up to 50 megawatts of the plant's output during daylight hours.

Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 66 power plants, totaling 25,226 MW. Thirty-eight licensed power plants are in operation, producing 13,087 MW. Since Governor 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 7,077 MW.

More information on Victorville 2 is available at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/victorville2/

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