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For Immediate Release: July 16, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

License Approved for San Bernardino County Hybrid Power Plant

The California Energy Commission today approved a license to build the 563-megawatt Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project in San Bernardino County.

By a vote of 5-0, the Energy Commission adopted the presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) that recommended the natural gas/solar plant's approval.

Commission Vice Chairman James D. Boyd, who led the committee that reviewed the plant's application for certification issued the PMPD on May 30, 2008.

The document required the city of Victorville to make sure special status animal species such as the desert tortoise, Mohave ground squirrel and the burrowing owl found on the plant site are protected.

The PMPD specified that 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.

Land acquisition has to be finalized prior to the start of the plant's construction, according to the PMPD.

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 67 power plants, totaling 25,789 megawatts (MW). Thirty-nine licensed power plants are in operation, producing 13,180 MW. Since Governor Schwarzenegger took office, 21 of these power plants, totaling 8093 MW have been approved. In addition, 20 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 8,841 MW.

More information on Victorville 2 is available at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/victorville2/

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