[California Energy Commission Seal]
CALIFORNIA
ENERGY
COMMISSION

NOTICE OF HEARING ON MOTION TO
COMPEL INFORMATION &
ON PROJECT STATUS

BLYTHE ENERGY PROJECT II
APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION
DOCKET NO. 02-AFC-1

Background:

On May 4, 2005, the Energy Commission staff filed its Motion to Compel Applicant to Submit Certain Information on Proposed Transmission Interconnection Configuration. Staff asserts that the Applicant has not provided sufficient transmission interconnection information to enable a complete regulatory review of the project's conformity to applicable laws and the potential environmental impacts from the project's transmission lines. The Applicant will be provided an opportunity to respond to Staff's Motion.

On April 29, 2005, the Staff publicly released its Final Staff Assessment providing its analysis of the project's potential environmental impacts and conformity to applicable laws. Typically the release of the Final Staff Assessment would be followed by a Prehearing Conference leading to Evidentiary Hearings, all of which serve as the basis for the Commission Committee to prepare a Proposed Decision on the project. However, given the pending Staff Motion, the Committee will also review the status of the project to assess whether the proceeding is ready for a Prehearing Conference.

Purposes of Hearing:

The purposes of this public hearing are to review:

  1. The Staff's Motion to Compel Applicant to Submit Certain Information on Proposed Transmission Interconnection Configuration;

  2. the status of the proceeding,

  3. the timeliness and completeness of Applicant data submissions, and

  4. the schedule for the remainder of the Application for Certification (AFC) proceeding.
Comments & Deadline:

The Applicant and any other party may submit written comments on the Staff's Motion to Compel Applicant to Submit Certain Information on Proposed Transmission Interconnection Configuration and the status of the proceedings on or before May 30, 2005.

Hearing Date & Place:


Teleconference:

To consider the appropriate action, the Committee will conduct a hearing as follows:

Friday, June 3 , 2005
Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, CA 95814

As a convenience, parties and members of the public who cannot attend the hearing in person may participate by calling the toll-free number for the proceeding: 888-628-9523 (Conference Leader: Garret Shean; Passcode: "SHEAN CALL")

Public Participation:

800-822-6228
(toll free in California)

916-654-4489

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 Margret J. Kim, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at 916-654-4489 or, toll free in California, at 800-822-6228, or by e-mail at: [pao@energy.state.ca.us] Persons requiring special assistance contact the Public Adviser five days prior to the hearing.

Information concerning the status of the project, notices and other relevant documents are available on the Commission's Web Site at: documents are available on the Commission's Web Site at:

[www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/blythe2]

Contacts:

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to the Energy Commission Staff's Project Manager, Bill Pfanner, at 916-654-4206 or e-mail: [bpfanner@energy.state.ca.us]

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Garret Shean, the Hearing Officer, at 916-654-3893 or e-mail at: [gshean@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 by e-mail at: [mediaoffice@energy.ca.gov]



Dated: May 13, 2005

ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

_________signed________
JOHN L. GEESMAN
Commissioner and Acting Presiding Member
Blythe II AFC Committee

_________signed________
ARTHUR H. ROSENFELD
Commissioner and Associate Member
BLYTHE II AFC Committee



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