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For Immediate Release: June 13, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Attention Editors:

Public conference on June 17th on the
proposed decision for the Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project


The Energy Commission committee reviewing the 563-megawatt Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project will hold a public conference and evidentiary hearing on its presiding member's proposed decision for the planned facility.

When: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Where: California Energy Commission First Floor Hearing Room A, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento

Who: In its PMPD on the Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project, the committee led by Vice Chair James D. Boyd stressed that the facility could be licensed if certain conditions are met. 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 by purchasing and preserving 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.

Why: The purpose of the conference is to consider oral and written comments on the PMPD from the parties, governmental agencies, and members of the public. The Committee will reopen the evidentiary record and hear additional testimony and receive evidence on biological resources and transmission system engineering, It may also hear additional testimony and receive evidence on other topics before the PMPD is brought to the full commission at a business meeting on July 16th.

What: The Victorville 2 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.

More information on the hybrid plant is available at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/victorville2/index.html

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