For Immediate Release: February 9, 2010
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Data workshop to be held February 10 for the Genesis Solar Energy Project

Who: The staff of the California Energy Commission will hold a public workshop on the proposed Genesis Solar Energy Project in Riverside County.

When: 10am to noon, Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Where: Bureau of Land Management
Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office
1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, California

The public and all interested parties are invited to participate in person at the BLM Palm Springs Office or by telephone (toll free): 800-369-1183 (pass code: 45477)

Why: At the workshop, Energy Commission staff, by telephone hook up from Sacramento and BLM staff at their Palm Springs field office will discuss data requests and the project applicant's responses in the technical areas of alternatives and soil and water resources. Other technical areas may be discussed as necessary. The workshop, publicly noticed on January 27, 2010, is also aimed at resolving outstanding issues that could affect the plant's review schedule.

What: The Genesis Solar Energy Project consists of two independent solar electric generating facilities with a nominal net electrical output of 125 megawatts (MW) each, for a total net electrical output of 250 MW. Electrical power would be produced using steam turbine generators fed from solar steam generators. The solar steam generators receive heated transfer fluid from solar thermal equipment comprised of arrays of parabolic mirrors that collect energy from the sun.

The project would use a wet cooling process for power plant cooling using degraded, brackish ground water from wells on the project site 25 miles west of Blythe adjacent to Interstate 10 in Riverside County. The Energy Commission works closely with the Bureau of Land Management in reviewing applications for large solar thermal power proposed on federal lands. The Genesis project proposed for construction on about 1800 acres of BLM-managed land requires both federal and state approval.

More information on the project is available at:
www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/genesis_solar/

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