For Immediate Release: April 15, 2010
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Joint public workshops start April 19 for the
Genesis Solar Energy Project

What: The staff of the California Energy Commission will conduct public workshops on the joint Energy Commission/Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Staff Assessment/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SA/DEIS) for the 250-megawatt Genesis Solar Energy Project.

When:
Monday, April 19, 2010, from 1pm to 5pm;
Tuesday, April 20, 2010, from 1pm to 5pm; and
Wednesday, April 21, 2010, from 1pm to 5pm

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

Why: The Energy Commission staff and the BLM released the SA/DEIS of the proposed project for public comment on March 26, 2010. The workshops will enable Commission staff to summarize conclusions and receive comments from the applicant, public, interveners and local, state and federal agencies. Environmental and engineering related topics and any outstanding issues contained in the SA/DEIS will be open for discussion, with the following focus for each day:

Monday: Alternatives, Biology, Cultural Resources, Soil and Water Resources

Tuesday: Biology, Soil and Water Resources

Wednesday: Biology, Soil and Water Resources, and any other topics

The Energy Commission works jointly with the BLM in reviewing applications for solar thermal power plants 50 MW and greater proposed on federal land. The Genesis Solar Energy Project requires approval from both the Energy Commission and the BLM.

The project, planned on approximately 1800 acres of federal land 25 miles west of Blythe adjacent to Interstate 10 in Riverside County would use parabolic trough solar thermal technology to produce energy from the sun. Comments from the workshops and any written communications will be used to revise the SA/DEIS and complete the Supplemental Staff Assessment.

For more information on the Genesis Solar Energy Project, please go to:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/genesis_solar/index.html

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