For Immediate Release: April 7, 2010
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Data Response Workshop to be held April 12 for the
proposed Hydrogen Energy California project

What: California Commission staff will conduct a public workshop for the proposed 250-megawatt Hydrogen Energy California project in Eastern Kern County.

When: Monday, April 12, 2010, beginning at 1pm

Where: Elk Hills School, 501 Kern Street, Tupman, California

Why: The data response and issue resolution workshop will focus on data responses provided by the applicant, Hydrogen California International LLC of Long Beach, LLC in the technical areas air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, efficiency, geology and paleontology, hazardous materials, public health, socio economics, soil and water resources, traffic and transportation, waste management, visual resources/visible plume. Other areas and issues may be discussed if necessary.

The HECA project is an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant that will capture and permanently store 90 percent of its carbon dioxide. The proposed facility will be located on a 473-acre about 7 miles west of Bakersfield and 1.5 miles of the unincorporated community of Tupman. The site is near a hydrocarbon-producing area known as the Elk Hills Field, now currently used primarily for agricultural purposes

The HECA is an IGCC power plant that takes petroleum coke, coal or blends of each, combined with non-potable water and converts them into hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The hydrogen is used to generate electricity, while the carbon dioxide is compressed and piped to the neighboring oil reservoirs and injected for storage to enhance oil recovery.

As lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, the Commission through its facility certification process examines public health and safety, environmental impacts, and engineering aspects of proposed power plants and all related facilities, such as electric transmission lines and natural gas and water pipelines.

More information on the proposed plant is at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/hydrogen_energy/index.html

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