For Immediate Release: September 2, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della 916-654-4989

Attention Editors:

Staff Assessment workshop on CPV Sentinel Project on
Wednesday, September 3rd

What:

Staff of the California Energy Commission will conduct a Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) workshop on the proposed CPV Sentinel Energy Project. Members of the public are invited to attend.

When:

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 from 11am to 4pm

Where:

Carl May Center, 11711 West Drive, Desert Hot Springs, California

Why:

The workshop will provide Energy Commission staff the opportunity to receive comments on its PSA of the project from the applicant, members of the public, intervenors in the proceeding and local, state, and federal agencies. The comments will be considered in revising the PSA and drafting the Final Staff Assessment. All topics of the PSA will be discussed with emphasis on Biology and Soil and Water Resources.

The 850-megawatt CPV Sentinel Energy Project is a $440 million simple-cycle plant is being proposed for Commission approval by the private, Silver Spring, Maryland-based Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. The natural gas-fired project would be built on 37 acres in unincorporated Riverside County near Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs. The planned project is adjacent to several wind farms and a Southern California Edison substation off State Route 62.

If approved by the Commission, the project would be constructed over an 18-month period. The project plans to fire up the first five of eight turbines by March of 2010.The final three are expected to operate beginning in May 2012. More information on the proposed project is available at:

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

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