For Immediate Release: June 17, 2010
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989


Prehearing on Abengoa Project to be held June 21

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission Committee reviewing the proposed 250-megawatt Abengoa Mojave Solar Project will hold a prehearing conference. The public is invited to participate.

When: Beginning at 1:00 pm, Monday, June 21, 2010

Where: Hearing Room B, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend to participate by telephone. Call 1-888-369-2131 and use the passcode: "Mojave". Conference leader is "Kourtney Vaccaro".

Why: The prehearing conference publicly noticed on May 17, 2010 will assess the readiness of parties for the evidentiary hearing. At the prehearing, all parties (staff, applicant, and interveners) will present their respective positions regarding the substantive topic areas ready for evidentiary hearing, those topics that require further analysis, those topic areas that have been resolved, and the topic areas that are disputed and require adjudication. The parties will also identify proposed witnesses and time required for direct testimony and/or cross-examination.

Who: The evidentiary hearing will begin Monday, June 28 at the Energy Commission. After the hearing, the Committee reviewing the Abengoa Mojave Solar Project will consider the 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 Abengoa Mojave Solar Project, proposed by Mojave Solar LLC, a limited liability company of Abengoa Solar, Inc. of Delaware would implement parabolic trough technology to trap the sun' s energy to boil a heat transfer fluid and power steam generators to produce electricity. The facility will be located on 1,765 acres of mostly fallow agricultural land located in San Bernardino County halfway between Barstow and Kramer Junction, and nine miles northwest of Hinkley.

If approved by the Commission, the project would start construction in December 2010, with commercial service by the fourth quarter of 2012.

More information on the project is available at:

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