For Immediate Release: April 26, 2010
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989


Joint Public Workshop April 28 & 29 on Proposed
Blythe and Palen Solar Power Projects

Who: California Energy Commission staff will hold a public workshop on the proposed 1,000-megawatt Blythe Solar Power Project and the 500-megawatt Palen Solar Power Project. The public and interested parties are invited to attend.

When: Wednesday and Thursday, April 28 and 29, 2010 starting at 9 am

Where: Bureau of Land Management, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (Wheelchair accessible)

The public and all interested parties unable to join in person are encouraged to participate by telephone at (800) 619-8873 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada.) The passcode is: 28622

More information on the workshop is available at:

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What: The Blythe project will utilize solar parabolic trough technology to generate electricity. The project site is located approximately two miles north of U.S. Interstate-10 and eight miles west of the City of Blythe in an unincorporated area of Riverside County, California. The Blythe Airport is about one mile south of the site. The applicants have applied for a right-of-way grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for about 9,400 acres of flat desert terrain.

The Palen project will utilize solar parabolic trough technology to generate electricity. The project site would be located approximately 10 miles east of Desert Center, along Interstate 10 approximately halfway between the cities of Indio and Blythe, in Riverside County, California. An application has been filed with BLM for a right-of-way grant of approximately 5,200 acres.

Why: The workshop will provide an opportunity for all interested parties and the public to discuss and present comments and questions on the recent staff assessments which were published on the two projects. Based on the workshop dialogue, written comments regarding the staff assessment, and additional information that will be gathered, a supplement to the staff assessments will be issued at a later date.

For additional details on both projects, go to:

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