For Immediate Release: May 7, 2014
Media Contact: Michael Ward - 916-654-4989 /


California Energy Commission Meeting on
Proposed Palen Solar Energy Project May 7

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission will hold a Closed Session Committee Conference on the proposed 500-megawatt Palen Solar Electric Generating System (PSEGS) at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, at the California Energy Commission, Hearing Room A, 1516 9th Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814. This is a continuance of the April 16 Committee Conference Closed Session.

The conference will be held for the purpose of Committee deliberations in closed session. The conference will be convened to take public comment, and then the closed session will begin. The conference will reopen to announce the conclusion of the closed session and adjourn. No testimony will be taken. Parties and the public are encouraged to take advantage of the WebEX remote access system to avoid the cost and time of traveling to Sacramento for what will be a very brief public portion of the conference. For details on how to access the meeting by computer or phone, or to submit comments, visit

In December 2012, Palen Solar Holdings, LLC filed an amendment to convert PSEGS from solar trough to solar power tower technology. In December 2013, the Committee issued its Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD) denying the amendment. The Committee later granted the petitioner's motion to continue to examine the feasibility of project alternatives, offer further evidence on the benefits of the project, modifications to cultural conditions and the project's solar flux impacts to biological resources.

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