For Immediate Release: December 28, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Second prehearing conference to be held
January 4 on the Ivanpah Solar project

What: The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 400-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System Project will hold a second prehearing conference. Members of the public are welcome to attend

When: Monday, January 4, 2010 beginning at 1pm.

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

Who: The pre-hearing conference is a public forum that will enable the Committee reviewing the proposed power plant to assess the readiness of formal parties for the evidentiary hearing. At the pre-hearing, the parties will present their positions on topic areas ready for evidentiary hearing and those topics that require further analysis, including the nature of, and time frame for, any such analysis; the topic areas that have been resolved; and the topic areas that are disputed and require adjudication.

The parties will also identify proposed witnesses, as well as the time required for direct testimony and/or cross- examination.

Why: The initial evidentiary hearing held on December 14 and succeeding ones scheduled for January 11 and if needed on January 12-14, 2010 will establish the factual record upon which the Commission will decide this case based on written or documentary evidence from the formal parties to the proceeding. Members of the public are welcome to attend the evidentiary hearing or hearings. It is not necessary for anyone to be an intervenor or formal party to the proceeding to take part in the public process. However, only formal parties may present and cross-examine witnesses at the evidentiary hearing.

The prehearing and evidentiary hearings continue the Energy Commission's process in its joint review of the project with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. 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 project will develop three solar thermal power plants and shared facilities near Ivanpah Dry Lake near Intestate 15 in San Bernardino County, on land managed by the BLM.

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

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