For Immediate Release: June 14, 2010
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Prehearing on Blythe Solar Power Project to be held June 17

Sacramento -The California Energy Commission Committee reviewing the proposed 1,000-megawatt Blythe Solar Project will hold a prehearing conference prior to evidentiary hearings. The public is invited to participate.

When: Beginning at 2:00 pm, Thursday, June 17, 2010

Where: Hearing Room 102, Bonderson Building, 901 P Street, Sacramento, California. The following toll-free number will be available for callers to participate in the prehearing conference: 800-593-9996. Use the passcode: "Blythe". Conference leader: "Raoul Renaud".

Why: Why: The prehearing conference, publicly noticed on April 30, 2010 will assess the readiness of parties for the evidentiary hearing, identify areas of agreement or dispute, and discuss the remaining schedule and procedures necessary to conclude the certification process. At the prehearing, all parties (staff, applicant, and interveners) will present their respective positions regarding issues pertaining to this project. The parties will also identify proposed witnesses and time required for direct testimony and/or cross-examination.

Who: The evidentiary hearing will begin Thursday, July 15. After the hearing, the committee reviewing the Blythe Solar Power Project will consider recommendations presented by staff, applicant, interveners, government agencies, and the public prior to proposing its decision to the full five-member Energy Commission for deliberation and final consideration

What: The Blythe Solar Power Project is being jointly developed by Solar Millennium, LLC, and Chevron Energy Systems. The project site is located in an unincorporated area of Riverside County, California, approximately two miles north of U.S. Interstate-10 and eight miles west of Blythe. The applicants have applied for a right-of-way grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. If approved, the plant would use solar parabolic trough technology by collecting heat energy from the sun and using heat transfer fluid to generate steam in a boiler that will power turbine generators to produce electricity. The project's nominal 1,000-megawatt output will be generated by four identical and independent 250-megawatt units.

For additional details on the Blythe Solar Project, click on:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/solar_millennium_blythe/index.html

For more information on Governor Schwarzenegger's Executive Order to advance California's Renewable Portfolio Standards, go to:
http://gov.ca.gov/press-release/13273

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