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


Part two of preliminary staff assessment released for the proposed
Palmdale Hybrid power project

What: The staff of the California Energy Commission has released part two of the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) on the proposed Palmdale Hybrid Power Project in the city of Palmdale in Los Angeles County.

When: Today, Tuesday, February 9, 2010.

Where: The Palmdale PSA part two is available on the Energy Commission's Website at:

Why: The document serves as the Commission staff's initial evaluation of the environmental, engineering, and public health and safety impacts of the planned 614-megawatt facility (10 percent of which is solar).

Part two covers staff's preliminary analysis of the technical areas of air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, land use, project design, soil and water, traffic management and visual resources.

Part one released late last year covered the technical areas of hazardous materials management, noise and vibration, public health, socioeconomics transmission life safety and nuisance, waste management, worker safety and fire protection, facility design, geology and paleontology, power plant efficiency, power plant reliability, transmission engineering and project alternatives.

After a period of public comments and community workshops on both parts of the PSA, the Energy Commission will respond to all relevant comments and release its Final Staff Assessment (FSA).

The Palmdale project, owned by the City of Palmdale, consists of a hybrid of natural gas-fired combined cycle generating facility integrated with solar thermal generating equipment to be developed on about 377 acres in the city's northern portion.

If approved by the Commission, the project will start construction towards a planned commercial operation in the summer of 2013.

Additional information on the Palmdale hybrid project is at:

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