For Immediate Release: February 11, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Workshop and prehearing conference on February 14
for Palmdale Hybrid Power Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission will be holding a workshop and prehearing conference for the proposed Palmdale Hybrid Power Project. The public is invited to participate.

When: Monday, February 14, 2011, beginning at 8:30 a.m. for the workshop and 10 a.m. for the prehearing conference.

Where: Hearing Room B, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California (the location was changed after the workshop and prehearing notices were distributed).

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend to participate by telephone and/or by computer.

For the workshop, click the following link and scroll to page 1:
www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/palmdale/notices/2011-02-14_Notice_of_Continued_Committee-Ordered_Workshop_TN-59602.pdf

For the prehearing conference, click the following link and scroll to page 7:
www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/palmdale/notices/2011-02-14_Revised_Notice_and_Order_Granting_Intervenors_Motion_to_Continue_Hearing_Dates.pdf
(If link above doesn't work, please copy entire link into your web browser's URL)

Why: The workshop is a continuation of the February 3 workshop. The purpose of the workshop is to allow Energy Commission staff, the applicant, other parties, interested agencies, and the public to continue discussing staff's rebuttal testimony, comments received on the final staff assessment (FSA), and any possible changes to staff's proposed conditions of certification being considered in response to these comments. The workshop will provide an opportunity to work towards resolving any remaining areas of disagreement. Biological resources will be discussed at the workshop and other technical areas of the FSA may be discussed.

The prehearing conference will assess the parties' readiness for the evidentiary hearing. At the prehearing, all parties (staff, applicant, and intervenors) 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.

The evidentiary hearing is scheduled for March 2 at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center in Palmdale. The purpose of the hearing 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 hearing, the committee reviewing the project will consider the recommendations presented by staff, applicant, intervenors, government agencies, and the public prior to proposing its decision to the full five-member Energy Commission for deliberation and final consideration.

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: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/palmdale/

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