For Immediate Release: May 20, 2010
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Evidentiary Hearing to be held May 24
on the Imperial Valley Solar Project

What: The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed Imperial Valley (formerly SES Solar Two) Solar Project in Imperial County will hold an evidentiary hearing. Members of the public are welcome to attend and offer comments.

When: Monday, May 24, 2010, beginning at 10am with a public comment period beginning at 5:30pm. If needed, the hearing will continue the following day beginning at 9am.

Where: San Diego Gas & Electric Renewable Energy Resource Center, 1425 West Main Street, El Centro, California

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend or cutting down on travel to participate by telephone.

Who: It is not necessary for anyone to be an intervener (formal party to the proceedings) to take part in the public process. However, only formal parties may present and cross-examine witnesses at the evidentiary hearing.

Why: The evidentiary hearing will establish the factual record upon which the Commission will decide this case based on written or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding.

The evidentiary hearing continues the Energy Commission's process in its joint review of the project with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The commission is the lead permitting agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, and the BLM is the permitting agency under the National Environmental Policy Act.

The 750-MW Imperial Valley project would use SunCatcher solar-dish technology designed to automatically track the sun and focus solar energy onto a power conversion unit to generate electricity.

If approved, the project will begin construction this year. For additional details on the project, please go to:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/solartwo/index.html

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