[California Energy Commission Letterhead]

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Energy Resources Conservation
and Development Commission




In the Matter of:                       )    Docket No. 99-AFC-8
                                        )
Application for Certification           )    NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL
for the Blythe Energy Project           )    HEARING AND SITE VISIT
(Blythe Energy, LLC)                    )
________________________________________)



I. INFORMATIONAL HEARING AND SITE VISIT

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Committee designated to conduct proceedings in the above-captioned matter will hold an Informational Hearing and Site Visit to discuss the Blythe Energy Project, a proposed power plant in eastern Riverside County, as follows:

THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2000
Beginning at 9 a.m.
Blythe City Hall - Administration
Council Chambers
235 N. Broadway
Blythe, California 92225
[Wheelchair Accessible]

The Informational Hearing will convene at 9:00 a.m. and is scheduled for approximately 2 hours. After the Hearing, a site visit is planned to the proposed project location about five miles west of the City of Blythe. Bus transportation to the site will be available to those who wish to join in the Site Visit. For bus reservations, see page 3 below.

Landowners, members of the general public, and interested agencies are invited to attend this event, or any portion of this event, and question the Applicant and Energy Commission staff concerning the project. The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, will be present at the Hearing to assist interested individuals or organizations and to provide information on participating in the Commission's certification process. She may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or, (800) 822-6228 or, email: pao@energy.state.ca.us

BACKGROUND

On December 9, 1999, Blythe Energy, LLC, filed an Application for Certification (AFC) with the Energy Commission for the Blythe Energy Project (BEP), a 520-megawatt (MW), natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant. The project is proposed for construction on privately owned lands located near Interstate 10 and the Blythe Airport, about five miles west of the City of Blythe. On March 22, 2000, the Energy Commission began its 12-month review of the AFC to determine whether the project will comply with all applicable laws. The Informational Hearing scheduled in this Notice is sponsored by the Energy Commission to inform the public about the project and to invite public participation in this review.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The BEP site would be located on two undeveloped parcels totaling approximately 76 acres in eastern Riverside County. Blythe Energy, LLC, has purchased options on the two parcels. The proposed site is adjacent to agricultural property at the intersection of Buck Boulevard and Hobson Way. The proposed site is approximately five miles west of the City of Blythe and one mile east of Blythe Airport in Section 33, Township 6 South, Range 22 East S.B.M. The proposed site also is about one-quarter mile north of Interstate 10 and 600 feet west of the existing Blythe Substation on Palo Verde Mesa.

The proposed project includes two gas-fired, F-Class combustion turbine generators (CTGs) operating in combined cycle mode. The CTGs will be installed in a two-on-one configuration with one steam turbine generator (STG). The hot exhaust gas from each CTG will flow through a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG). The two HRSG stacks will be 130 feet tall. The project will employ Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to control oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions from the gas turbines. The project's main cooling tower will be 40 feet tall.

Electricity generated by the BEP will be sold into California's competitive electricity market. BEP is a merchant plant, developed by private funding, that does not create any direct financial liability for electricity consumers. The project will deliver electricity to the existing electrical grid via overhead outlet lines that will interconnect with the Blythe Substation, located within 600 feet of the proposed site. The Blythe Substation is owned and operated by the federal Western Area Power Administration.

The proposed project will include a 15-acre site for the main power facilities in the northwest corner of the site, and will involve construction of ancillary facilities to supply water, natural gas, and wastewater disposal pipelines.

The engineering and environmental details of the proposed project are contained in the AFC. Copies of the AFC are available at the Palo Verde Valley District Library, 125 West Chanslor Way, Blythe, CA 92225, the Riverside Main Library, 3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, and the Brawley Public Library, 400 Main Street, Brawley, CA 92227.

PURPOSE OF THE INFORMATIONAL HEARING

Licensing of the electric generating power plant and ancillary facilities, such as the transmission line and natural gas pipeline, is under the Energy Commission's jurisdiction. The power plant certification process, which contains requirements equivalent to those under the California Environmental Quality Act, will examine all relevant engineering and environmental aspects of the proposed project. This review provides a public forum allowing the Applicant, Energy Commission staff, interested parties, governmental agencies, landowners, and members of the general public to consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of the project, and to propose changes or alternatives to the project as necessary.

At the Informational Hearing, landowners, members of the general public, and representatives of governmental agencies will have an opportunity to obtain information and to offer comments on the proposal. The Applicant will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the administrative licensing process and staff's role in reviewing the application. Applicant and Energy Commission staff also will discuss proposed schedules and possible issues that may be significant during this proceeding.


II. SITE VISIT AND BUS RESERVATIONS

After the Informational Hearing is adjourned, the Applicant will host a visit to the project site. Bus transportation will be provided from the Hearing location. Landowners, members of the general public, and governmental agencies are invited to participate in this tour. Persons planning to go to the Site Visit should make a reservation with the Public Adviser at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free at (800) 822-6228 or, email: pao@energy.state.ca.us no later than Friday, April 28, 2000.


III. PROPOSED SCHEDULES AND ISSUE STATEMENTS

In order to assist participants in understanding the project, the Applicant and staff shall file proposed schedules for the certification review. The Energy Commission staff shall also file an Issue Identification Report summarizing the potential major issues in this case. The proposed schedules and Issues Report are to be filed no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 1, 2000.

Copies of these documents may be obtained after May 1, 2000 by calling the Public Adviser's Office at the number above. Identify all filings with "Docket No. 99-AFC-8." Staff's proposed schedule and Issue Identification Report will also be available on the Energy Commission's Internet Web page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/blythe


IV. INFORMATION

Members of the public may participate in all phases of the licensing process in a variety of ways. If you need information concerning public participation, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free in California, at (800) 822-6228 or, email: pao@energy.state.ca.us

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Lance Shaw, the Energy Commission's Project Manager, at (916) 653-1227 or, email at: lshaw@energy.state.ca.us

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Ed Bouillon, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 651-9942 or, email at: ebouillo@energy.state.ca.us

If you require special accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Robert Sifuentes at least five days before the Hearing at (916) 654-5004 or, email at: rsifuent@energy.state.ca.us

Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications at (916) 654-4989 or, email at: energia@energy.ca.gov

Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is also available on the Energy Commission's Internet home page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/blythe

Dated April 20, 2000



ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION


WILLIAM J. KEESE, Chairman
Presiding Member
Blythe AFC Proceeding




ROBERT A. LAURIE, Commissioner
Associate Member
Blythe AFC Proceeding

Mailed to List: Interested Parties, #759 (Agency List), and Proof of Service





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