For Immediate Release: August 23, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Evidentiary hearing and committee conference on August 24 for
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 370-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System Project will hold a committee conference on the presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) in combination with an evidentiary hearing.

When: Tuesday, August 24, 2010, beginning at 10 a.m.

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

For those unable to attend the committee conference and hearing, you may participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the following link:

Why: The purpose of the committee conference is to consider oral and written comments from the parties, governmental agencies, and members of the public on the PMPD, which was issued August 3.

The purpose of the evidentiary 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.

After the hearing, the committee reviewing the 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: BrightSource Energy, Inc. would develop three solar thermal power plants and shared facilities near Ivanpah Dry Lake in San Bernardino County, California on public land managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management in the Mojave Desert.

The proposed project would be constructed in three phases: one 120-megawatt (MW) phase and two 125-MW phases and is based on distributed power tower and heliostat mirror technology, in which heliostat (mirror) fields focus solar energy on power tower receivers near the center of each heliostat array to generate steam-driven electricity.

More information on the proposed project is here:

For more information on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Executive Order to advance California's Renewables Portfolio Standard, go to:

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