For Immediate Release: March 10, 2010
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Attention Editors:
Prehearing on Beacon Solar Project to be held March 15

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission Committee reviewing the proposed Beacon Solar Energy Project in eastern Kern County will hold a prehearing conference. The public is invited to participate.

When: Beginning at 10am, Monday, March 15, 2010

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

Provisions have been made for people unable to attend the conference in person to participate by phone or WebEx.

Why: The prehearing conference publicly noticed on February 24 2010, revised and publicly noticed again on February 26, 2010 to reflect a change in the evidentiary hearing days, will assess the readiness of parties for the evidentiary hearings. It will also identify areas of agreement or dispute, and discuss the remaining schedule and procedures necessary to conclude the certification process. The evidentiary hearing will establish the factual record upon which the Commission will decide this case, based on written or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding.

Who: The evidentiary hearing will begin Monday March 22, 2010 and continue on March 23,24 and 25 2010, if necessary at the California City Hall Chambers. After the hearings, the Committee comprised of Commission Chairman Karen Douglas Commission and Vice-Chair James D. Boyd will consider the recommendations presented by staff, applicant, intervenors, government agencies, and the public prior to proposing its decision to the full five-member Energy Commission for deliberation and final consideration.

What: The 250-MW Beacon Solar Power Project is a concentrated solar electric generating facility. The plant will sit on a 2000 plus acre site on the western edge of the Mojave Desert four miles from California City and 15 miles north of the town of Mojave. The project would use parabolic trough solar thermal technology to produce electrical power from a steam turbine generator, fed from a heat exchanger.

More information on the Beacon Project is available at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/beacon/index.html

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