For Immediate Release: August 11, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Proposed Decision Recommends License
For Blythe Solar Power Project


SACRAMENTO -- A California Energy Commission siting committee is recommending the approval of the proposed Blythe Solar Power Project in Riverside County.

In its presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) released today, the committee said the proposed 1,000-megawatt facility, as mitigated, will have no significant impacts and complies with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS) in most environmental areas. The committee also determined that the project's benefits outweigh its environmental impacts and recommends that the Commission make override findings and approve the project in spite of the impacts.

The proposed decision was based solely on the record of facts, which were established during the facility's certification proceeding.

The PMPD is not a final decision on the project. The committee released the document for 30 days of public comment and will consider input before bringing the proposed decision to the full five-member Commission. The entire document can be found on the Commission's website at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/solar_millennium_blythe/documents/

The Blythe Solar Power Project is being jointly developed by Solar Millennium, LLC, and Chevron Energy Solutions. 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 proposed 1,000-megawatt output will be generated by four identical and independent 250-megawatt units.

The federal government and the State of California have established the need for the nation and state to increase the development and use of renewable energy in order to enhance the nation's energy independence, meet environmental goals, and create new economic growth opportunities.

For more information on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Executive Order to advance the state's Renewables Portfolio Standard, go to: http://gov.ca.gov/press-release/13273

More information on the Blythe Solar Power Project is available at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/solar_millennium_blythe



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