For Immediate Release: March 18, 2010
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Attention Editors
Evidentiary hearing March 22 for Beacon Solar Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission Committee reviewing the proposed Beacon Solar Energy Project in eastern Kern County will hold an evidentiary hearing. The public is invited to participate and offer comments.

When: Beginning at 10am, Monday, March 22, 2010

Where: Council Chambers, City Hall, 21000 Hacienda Blvd.,
California City, California

If needed, the evidentiary hearing will continue at the same California City venue at 9am on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

Additional hearings, if necessary will be held at the Energy Commission's main hearing room in Sacramento on March 25 and March 25, 2010.

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

Why: The evidentiary hearing will establish the factual record upon which the committee will decide the case, based on written or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding. It is not necessary for anyone to be an intervener (formal party) to take part in the public process. However, only formal parties may present and cross-examine witnesses at the evidentiary hearing.

Who: Following the hearing, the committee reviewing the project will consider the recommendations presented by the Energy Commission staff, the plant applicant, interveners, government agencies and the public before 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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