For Immediate Release: April 15, 2014
Media Contact: Michael Ward, 916-654-4989/


California Energy Commission Workshop on Palen Solar Power Project

What: The California Energy Commission will hold a public workshop on the proposed 500-megawatt Palen Solar Electric Generating System (PSEGS).

When: 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 16.

Where: California Energy Commission, Hearing Room A, 1516 9th Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814.

Why: The public workshop is being held to discuss solar flux, biology, alternatives, storage, and overriding considerations for the proposed project. In December 2012, Palen Solar Holdings, LLC filed an amendment to convert the plant from solar trough to solar power tower technology. In December 2013, the Committee issued its Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD) to deny the amendment. At a Committee Conference on Jan. 7, 2014, the Committee directed the petitioners to continue to examine the feasibility of project alternatives, benefits of the project that would support overriding consideration and to provide additional information on the project’s solar flux impact.

For details on how to participate in the workshop by computer or phone, submit comments, or view documents related to the PSEGS, please visit the workshop page on the California Energy Commission site:

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