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

MEDIA ADVISORY

Attention: Editors
Additional hearing March 22 for the Ivanpah Solar project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission Committee designated to review the proposed Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System Project in San Bernardino County will hold an additional evidentiary hearing. The public is invited to participate and offer comments.

When: Beginning at 9:30am, Monday, March 22, 2010

Where: California Energy Commission, Hearing Room A, 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: At the evidentiary hearing, the committee will take evidence, pre-filed written testimony and direct or cross examination of witnesses relevant to the reduced footprint alternative described in the plant applicant's biological mitigation proposal. The committee will also consider any objections from the parties to the applicant's exhibit on survey lines. The evidentiary hearings 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.

Who: The Ivanpah project is under the joint review of the Commission and the US Bureau of Land Management. Following the hearings, the committee will publish a Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD), and the BLM its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The PMPD will be available for public review and comment, after which the full Energy Commission renders its Final Decision and the federal government issues its Record of Decision on the proposed project. The decisions are currently expected during spring 2010.

What: The 400-megawatt solar thermal facility is proposed by BrightSource Energy on land managed by the BLM in the Ivanpah Valley near Interstate 15 in San Bernardino County.

For more information about the proposed Ivanpah Solar Electric Solar Generating Station visit: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/ivanpah/index.html or

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd/alternative_energy.html.

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