For Immediate Release: June 29, 2010
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989


Prehearing on Genesis Project to be held July 1

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

When: Beginning at 10:00 am, Thursday, July 1, 2010

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

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend to participate by telephone. Click on this link for detailed information about participating by telephone and/or by computer:

Why: The prehearing conference 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: 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 Genesis Solar Energy Project, proposed by Genesis Solar LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra™ Energy Resources LLC, would include two independent solar electric generating facilities with a nominal net electrical output of 125-megawatts (MW) each, for a total net electrical output of 250 MW. Electrical power would be produced using steam turbine generators fed from solar steam generators. The solar steam generators receive heated transfer fluid from solar thermal equipment comprised of arrays of parabolic mirrors that collect energy from the sun.

The project site is located in Riverside County, California, approximately 25 miles west of the city of Blythe, on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in an undeveloped area of the Sonoran Desert.

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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