For Immediate Release: July 9, 2010
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Evidentiary Hearings on Genesis Solar Energy Project
July 12, 13, and 21

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission Committee reviewing the proposed 250-megawatt Genesis Solar Energy Project will hold evidentiary hearings on three days. The public is invited to attend.

When: Monday, July 12 and Tuesday, July 13; and Wednesday, July 21, 2010, beginning at 10:00 am all days.

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. For the July 12 and 13 hearings, click this link for more teleconferencing information: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/genesis_solar/notices/2010-07-01_Notice_of_JULY_PHC+EH.PDF (Be sure to scroll down through the entire notice.)

For the July 21 hearings, click this link for teleconferencing information: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/genesis_solar/notices/2010-07-21_notice_addl_evidentiary_hearing.pdf (Be sure to scroll down through the entire notice.)

Why: The evidentiary hearings, publicly noticed on April 5 and July 2, 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.

Who: After the hearings, the committee reviewing the Genesis Solar Energy 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, would include two independent solar electric generating facilities with a nominal net electrical output of 125-megawatts (MD) 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: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/genesis_solar/

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