For Immediate Release: July 13, 2010
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989


Evidentiary Hearing July 15 for Blythe Solar Power Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission Committee reviewing the proposed Blythe Solar Power Project will hold evidentiary hearings. The public is invited to participate. Due to budgetary restrictions on travel expenditures, the committee has changed the original location of the evidentiary hearings from Blythe to Sacramento.

When: Thursday, July 15, 2010 and if needed, Friday, July 16, 2010 beginning at 10:00 am

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

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing in person to participate by teleconference. The call-in telephone number is: 800-593-9996. The passcode is "Blythe" and the conference leader is: Raoul Renaud.

Why: The purpose of the hearing is to establish the factual record upon which the Commission will decide the case, based on written or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding.

Who: After the hearing(s), the committee reviewing the Blythe Solar Power 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 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:

For more information on Governor Schwarzenegger's Executive Order to advance California's Renewable Portfolio Standards, go to:

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