For Immediate Release: January 7, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Public workshop to be held on Ivanpah Solar project
preliminary staff assessmen

What: The staff of the California Energy Commission will hold a public workshop on the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) for the 400-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) project in San Bernardino County.

When: Friday, January 9, 2009 from 11am to 5pm

Where: Banquet Room, Primm Valley Resort, 31700 Las Vegas Boulevard Primm, Nevada

Why: The workshop will allow the applicant, staff, interveners, interested agencies and the public to discuss the PSA on the proposed plant. From the workshop dialogue and written comments received, Energy Commission staff will revise the document where appropriate and publish a Final Staff Assessment (FSA). After the public comment period on the PSA ends on January 23, 2009, Energy Commission staff will prepare a document jointly with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - the lead agency for compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). The joint document will take the form of an FSA/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

The project will develop three solar thermal power plants and shared facilities near Ivanpah Dry Lake in San Bernardino County, on land managed by the BLM.

The Energy Commission and the BLM are reviewing the proposed plant jointly. If licensed, the proposed project would be constructed in three phases: two 100-megawatt (MW) phases (known as Ivanpah 1 and Ivanpah 2) and a 200 MW phase (Ivanpah 3). The plants will be based on distributed power tower and heliostat mirror technology, in which heliostat (mirror) fields focus solar energy on power tower receivers near the center of each heliostat array.

More information on the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station is available at:

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

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