For Immediate Release: February 28, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Evidentiary hearing on March 2 for Palmdale Hybrid Power Project

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed Palmdale Hybrid Power Project will hold an evidentiary hearing. The public is invited to participate.

When: Wednesday, March 2, 2011, beginning at 10 a.m.

Where: Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale, California

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend to participate by telephone and/or by computer. Click the following link and scroll to page 6:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/palmdale/notices/2011-02-18_Hearing_Order.pdf

Why: : The purpose of the evidentiary 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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