For Immediate Release: May 3, 2010
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Public workshop May 5 on the proposed Genesis Solar Energy Project

Who: The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a public workshop on the joint Energy Commission and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Staff Assessment/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SA/DEIS) for the Genesis Solar Energy Project. The public and interested parties are invited to attend.

When: 10am to 4pm, Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Where: Bureau of Land Management Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive Palm Springs, California

Arrangements have been made for participants unable to attend or cutting down on travel to take part by telephone.

What: The 250-megawatt 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.

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.

Why: The workshop will enable staff to receive comments from the applicant, public, interveners and local, state and federal agencies, and work towards resolving outstanding issues and analyses contained in the SA/DEIS. All technical disciplines will be open for discussion, with a particular focus on Biology and Soil and Water Resources. Comments from the workshops and any written communications will be used to revise the SA/DEIS and complete a Revised 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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