For Immediate Release: December 10, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Public Workshop on December 14 to Discuss Ways to Improve
the Process for Reviewing Thermal Power Plants

What: The energy facility siting committee of the California Energy Commission will hold a public workshop to begin studying ways to improve the process for approving thermal power plants.

When: Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 9 a.m. to noon

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

For those unable to attend the hearing, you may participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click here: http://www.energy.ca.gov/siting_lessons/notices/2010-12-14-10_Notice_of_Siting_Committee_Workshop_TN-59124.pdf

Why: The siting committee plans to conduct workshops in the next several months on the Energy Commission's thermal power plant review process. The workshops will look at the lessons learned from the Commission's review and action on solar thermal projects as well as natural gas projects that went before the Commission in 2009 and 2010.

The December 14 workshop will be used to gather information and start the process of determining the scope of the issues that will be examined in the next several months. Some critical issues tentatively identified by the siting committee include the timing and coordination with federal permits, local agency and public participation, land use constraints including the availability of large tracts of developable land, water supply, and transmission line constraints.

The information gathered from the workshops will be used to prepare a report for the siting committee. The report will include lessons learned and recommendations on how to improve the Commission's project review process and proposed changes to the power plant siting regulations.

The Energy Commission licenses thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger.

More information can be found at: www.energy.ca.gov/siting_lessons/

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