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

MEDIA ADVISORY

Evidentiary Hearings for Palen Solar Power Project
to be held October 13 and October 14

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

When: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, beginning at 10 a.m.
            Thursday, October 14, 2010, beginning at 10 a.m. if needed

Where: Hearing Room B, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearings to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the following link and scroll to page 6: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/solar_millennium_palen/notices/2010-10-05_Notice_of_PHC_and_EH.pdf

Why: The purpose of the evidentiary 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. Testimony and evidence will be taken on all topics except air quality, alternatives, biological resources, and soil & water resources. Those topics will be the focus of the October 27 evidentiary hearing.

Who: 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: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/solar_millennium_palen/index.html

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