For Immediate Release: October 5, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Proposed Decision Recommends License for CPV Sentinel Energy Project

SACRAMENTO - A California Energy Commission siting committee is recommending the approval of the planned CPV Sentinel Energy Project in Riverside County.

In its presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) released today, the committee said the 850-megawatt facility as mitigated, will have no significant impacts on the environment and complies with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS).

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. The committee will consider input before bringing the proposed decision to the full Commission. The entire document can be found on the Commission's website at:

The PMPD determined that the record which contains a detailed environmental impact assessment required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was adequate. The record includes the Energy Commission staff's thorough and independent assessment of the project's potential impacts on the environment, public health, and safety.

CPV Sentinel, LLC will construct, own, and operate the proposed simple-cycle power plant. The natural gas-fired project would be built on 37 acres in unincorporated Riverside County near Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs. The planned project is adjacent to several wind farms and a Southern Edison substation off State Route 62.

Construction is expected to take place over an 18-month period.

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