For Immediate Release: February 1, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Workshop on February 3 for Palmdale Hybrid Power Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed Palmdale Hybrid Power Project will hold a workshop on February 3. The public is invited to participate

When: Thursday, February 3, 2011, beginning at 10 a.m.

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

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend to participate by telephone and/or by computer: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/palmdale/notices/2011-02-03_Workshop_Notice_TN-59551.pdf

Why: The purpose of the workshop is to respond to comments raised by the parties about the Energy Commission's final staff assessment (FSA), which was published December 22, 2010, and to discuss areas of disagreement that remain among the parties. The purpose of the workshop is to allow Energy Commission staff, the applicant, intervenors, interested agencies, and the public to discuss staff's rebuttal testimony, comments received on the FSA, and any possible changes to staff's proposed conditions of certification being considered in response to these comments.

What: The proposed 570-megawatt project consists of natural gas-fired combined-cycle generating equipment integrated with solar thermal generating equipment. During daylight hours when the parabolic solar thermal collectors are in use, the solar field will contribute up to 50 MW of generation from the steam turbine generator. The solar field will provide heat directly to the heat recovery steam generators to produce steam, reducing the natural gas used at the facility.

The Palmdale project, which is being proposed by the city of Palmdale, would be located on a 377-acre industrial site located in the northern portion of the city. The site is part of a 613.4-acre property owned by the city. The property is located immediately north and west of the facilities of the Los Angeles/Palmdale Regional Airport and U.S. Air Force Plant 42.

More information about the project can be found at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/palmdale/

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