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NOTICE OF RECEIPT
PETITION TO AMEND BLYTHE ENERGY LLC's
POWER PLANT LICENSE AND MODIFY THE PROJECT
TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE TWO NEW
TRANSMISSION LINES A SUBSTATION
(99-AFC-8-C)


On October 12, 2004, the California Energy Commission received a petition from Blythe Energy, LLC, (BEP) to modify the Blythe Energy Power Plant project. Blythe Energy is a 520-megawatt (MW) natural gas fired electric-generating facility located in the city of Blythe, in Riverside County. The project was certified on March 21, 2001 and began commercial operation on December 29, 2003. The petition requests approval to construct and operate two new transmission lines and a substation.


DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS

There are two distinct components to the proposed Blythe Energy Project transmission line petition. The proposed modifications would be located entirely in Riverside County.

1) Buck to Julian Hinds Transmission Line Component:

  • Upgrades to Buck Substation.

  • Installation of approximately 67.4 miles of new 230 kV transmission line between the Buck Substation (located adjacent to the BEP) and the Julian Hinds Substation (located approximately sixty miles to the west).

  • The proposed transmission line route would generally follow Southern California Edison's (SCE's) existing 500 kV Devers-Palo Verde transmission line.

  • Transmission line structures would be concrete, single-pole structures.

  • Upgrades to the Julian Hinds Substation.

2) Buck to Devers-Palo Verde Transmission Line Component:

  • Upgrades to Buck Substation.

  • Installation of approximately 6.7 miles of a new 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line (initially operated at 161 kV) between the Buck Substation and SCE's existing Devers-Palo Verde 500 kV transmission line.

  • Transmission line structures would be concrete single-pole structures.

  • Construction of a new 161 kV to 500 kV substation ("Midpoint Substation") at the point of interconnection with SCE's existing Devers-Palo Verde 500 kV transmission line.

ENERGY COMMISSION REVIEW PROCEDURES

The purpose of the Energy Commission's petition review process is to assess the impacts of this proposal on environmental quality, public health and safety and the existing transmission system. The review process includes an evaluation of the consistency of the proposed changes with the Energy Commission's Decision and if the project, as changed, will remain in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (Title 20, Calif. Code of Regulations, section 1769). The Energy Commission is the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and will prepare and publish a Staff Analysis that will examine the proposed project.


PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

If you would like information on how you can participate in the Energy Commission's review process for the proposed project, please contact Ms. Margret Kim, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228.

Technical or project schedule questions should be directed to Jack W. Caswell, the Energy Commission's Project Manager at (916) 653-0062 or by e-mail to: jcaswell@energy.state.ca.us. The status of the project, copies of notices, the petition to amend and other relevant documents will be placed on the Energy Commission's web site at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/blythetline.

This notice of receipt has been mailed to all parties that have requested to be placed on the post-certification mailing list, and to property owners located adjacent to the project site or near the transmission line routes. By being on the mailing list, you will receive notices of all project-related activities and notices when documents related to the amendment review are available. You can also subscribe to receive e-mail notification of all notices at http://www.energy.ca.gov/html/listservers.html. If you want your name removed from the mailing list, please contact Raquel Rodriguez, Project Secretary at (916) 653-4677, or e-mail at: Rrodriqu@energy.state.ca.us.

A copy of the petition application document is available for public inspection at the:

Riverside Main Library
6581 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501
Palo Verde Valley Dist Library
25 West Chanslor Way
Blythe, CA 92225

Copies are also available at the Energy Commission's Library in Sacramento, the California State Library in Sacramento, and at public libraries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Eureka. In addition, copies will be distributed to those public agencies that would retain jurisdiction if an amendment is granted by the Energy Commission.

DATE: October 8, 2004

_______________/signed/________________
PAUL RICHINS, JR.
Energy Facilities Licensing Program Manger

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