For Immediate Release: June 3, 2010
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Attention: Editors
Evidentiary hearing June 8 for Beacon Solar Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission Committee reviewing the proposed Beacon solar Energy Project in eastern Kern County will hold a limited re-opening of the evidentiary record.

When: Beginning at 1:30pm, Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Where: California Energy Commission, First Floor Hearing Room B, 1516 9th Street, Sacramento, California.

Provisions have been made for people unable to attend the conference in person to participate by phone or WebEx. More information is available at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/beacon/notices/2010-06-08_evidentiary_hearing+order.html

Why: The purpose of the hearing is for the Committee to take evidence limited to the environmental review of the expansion of the Rosamond Community Services District and California City water treatment facilities. The Committee will also take evidence on the questions raised by the Kern County Planning Department in its comments of March 22, 2010, regarding its request for development fees under its Capital Improvement Plan.

Who: Following the hearing, the committee reviewing the project will consider the recommendations presented by the Energy Commission staff, the plant applicant, interveners, government agencies, and the public before proposing its decision to the full five-member Energy Commission for deliberation and final consideration.

What: The 250-megawatt Beacon Solar Power Project is a concentrated solar electric generating facility. The plant will sit on a 2,000-plus acre site on the western edge of the Mojave Desert four miles from California City and 15 miles north of the town of Mojave. The project would use parabolic trough solar thermal technology to produce electrical power from a steam turbine generator, fed from a heat exchanger.

More information on the Beacon Solar Project is available at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/beacon/index.html

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