For Immediate Release: September 30, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Prehearing on Palen Solar Power Project to be held October 5

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 500-megawatt Palen Solar Power Project will hold a prehearing conference. The public is invited to participate.

When: Tuesday, October 5, 2010, beginning at 2 p.m.

Where:Hearing Room B, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the following link and scroll to page 6:

Why: The prehearing conference will assess the parties' readiness for the evidentiary hearing, identify areas of agreement or dispute, and discuss the remaining schedule and procedures necessary to conclude the certification process. At the prehearing, all parties (staff, applicant, and interveners) will present their respective positions regarding the substantive topic areas ready for evidentiary hearing, the topics that require further analysis, the 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.

Evidentiary hearings are scheduled for October 13 and October 14 at the Energy Commission. The purpose of the hearings 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 hearings, 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: The Palen Solar Power Project, which is being developed by Solar Millennium, LLC and Chevron Energy Solutions, would be located about 10 miles east of Desert Center and about halfway between the cities of Indio and Blythe in eastern Riverside County. The applicants are seeking a right-of-way grant for approximately 5,200 acres of land managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. Construction and operation of the project would take up about 2,970 acres.

The project is a concentrated solar trough thermal electric generating facility with two adjacent, independent, and identical units of 250 megawatts each for a total capacity of 500 megawatts. The proposed project would use parabolic trough technology where parabolic mirrors are used to heat a transfer fluid which is then used to generate steam. Electricity is produced from the steam expanding through steam turbine generators.

More information on the proposed project is at:

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