For Immediate Release: December 28, 2009
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989


Attention Editors:
Informational Hearing, Environmental Scoping Meeting, Public Site Visit,
and Bureau of Land Management Scoping Meeting January 5
on the Ridgecrest Solar Power Project

What: The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 250-megawatt Ridgecrest Solar Power Project will hold an informational hearing, environmental scoping meeting, and public site visit. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct its own concurrent process to determine whether to approve a right-of-way grant sought by the plant applicant.

When: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 3:30pm

Where: Ridgecrest City Hall
100 West California Avenue, Ridgecrest, California 93555

Who: The public is invited to the meetings. It is not necessary for anyone to be an intervener (formal party to the proceedings) to take part in the public process. However, only formal parties may present and cross-examine witnesses at the hearing.

Why: The informational hearing/scoping meeting, publicly noticed on December 3, provides an opportunity for members of the community in the project vicinity to obtain information, to offer comments and concerns, and to view the project site. The BLM staff will also explain the role of their agency in the joint process.

Before the informational hearing/scoping meeting, members of the public are invited to join the committee and the BLM on a tour of the proposed site. For reservations, contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228.

The proposed project will be located in the high northern Mojave Desert in northeastern Kern County, California, about five miles southwest of the city of Ridgecrest. Solar Millennium LLC proposes to construct the Ridgecrest project. The project facilities will occupy 1,760 acres and utilize solar parabolic trough technology to generate electricity.

For more information about the conference and hearing, as well as how to participate from a remote location, go to:

For more information on the proposed Ridgecrest project, go to:

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