For Immediate Release: November 4, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

Ivanpah Solar Thermal Project
Staff Assessment/Environmental Impact Statement Now Available

State-Federal Document will be open for public comment for 90 days

Sacramento - A joint Final Staff Assessment/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (FSA/DEIS) for the proposed 400-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System Project is now available for public comment. California Energy Commission staff and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) completed the document, which will be open for comments until Feb. 11, 2010.

The facility is proposed by BrightSource Energy on land managed by the BLM in the Ivanpah Valley near Interstate 15 in San Bernardino County. The facility would help meet California's goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and producing 33 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2020.

While not a final decision on the project, the FSA/DEIS will serve as commission staff's testimony and recommended mitigation measures during Evidentiary Hearings on the proposed project.

A Notice of Availability (NOA) for the FSA/DEIS is being posted and distributed by the Energy Commission and will be published in the Federal Register. The Energy Commission and the BLM will hold at least one public meeting regarding the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System Project in order to gather comments on the FSA/DEIS. The exact date, time and location will be noticed on the Commission and BLM Web sites and advertised in local media.

The Energy Commission will conduct Evidentiary Hearings and publish a Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD), and the BLM its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The PMPD will be available for public review and comment, after which the full Energy Commission renders its Final Decision and the federal government issues its Record of Decision on the proposed project. If the project is approved, BLM will issue a Right of Way Grant to BrightSource Energy and implement its Plan Amendment. The decisions are currently expected during spring 2010.

The Energy Commission and the BLM jointly review solar thermal projects of 50 megawatts and greater proposed on federal land. The commission is the lead permitting agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, and BLM is the permitting agency under the National Environmental Policy Act.

The full FSA/DEIS is available online at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/ivanpah/documents/index.html.

For more information about the proposed Ivanpah Solar Electric Solar Generating Station visit: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/ivanpah/index.html or

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd/alternative_energy.html.

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