Blythe Energy Project, Transmission Line Modifications - COMMITTEE SCHEDULING ORDER

BEFORE THE ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION OF
THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA


  In the Matter of:                  )    Docket No. 99-AFC-8C
                                     )
  BLYTHE ENERGY PROJECT              )
  TRANSMISSION LINE MODIFICATION     )
 ____________________________________)
  

COMMITTEE SCHEDULING ORDER

This Order establishes the schedule for this proceeding through the completion of Staff's Draft Environmental Assessment and subsequent discussions. The schedule, shown in Appendix A, is based on presentations at the November 10, 2004, Informational Hearing, the proposed schedule contained in Staff's November 3, 2004, Issue Identification Report, and a review of the documents on file in this matter.

The Committee is committed to the timely processing of this project modification. However, the ultimate processing depends upon timely reviews and impact studies conducted by federal, state, and local public agencies as well as Southern California Edison. We understand that the completion of key system impact analyses will be delayed by several weeks, subsequently impacting our schedule. Our revised schedule now requires periodic status reports from the parties to determine whether case development is progressing satisfactorily, and to bring potential schedule delays or other relevant matters to the Committee's attention. Furthermore, the Committee anticipates holding a conference in approximately two months to discuss the scope of the Staff's analysis of the project. A subsequent order will direct the parties to file statements on this matter.

The Committee recognizes that delays in the completion of those reviews and studies may necessitate schedule modifications. While Commission staff is responsible for meeting Committee deadlines for the filings it produces, the Applicant must be responsible for the timeliness of its own filings as well as for those of all other agencies outside the Commission. Thus, a delay by an agency other than the Commission staff in filing a required document may result in a necessary extension to any proposed schedule. No statutory directive applies to the Commission on a Petition for a Post-Certification Amendment, but the Commission will endeavor to issue a final decision as expeditiously as possible.

Members of the public may participate in all phases of the licensing process in a variety of ways. For information on public participation, contact Margret J. Kim, the Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228 or email: [pao@energy.state.ca.us].

Technical questions concerning the project may be addressed to Jack Caswell, the Energy Commission's Project Manager at (916) 653-0062 or email: [jcaswell@energy.state.ca.us].

Legal or procedural questions should be directed to Ed Bouillon, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893 or email at: [ebouillo@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: [mediaoffice@energy.ca.gov]

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




Date Online: December 6, 2004.


ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION


________/signed/________
JOHN L. GEESMAN
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Blythe Energy Project Modification
Committee

________/signed/________
WILLIAM J. KEESE
Chairman and Associate Member
Blythe Energy Project Modification
Committee





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APPENDIX A

COMMITTEE SCHEDULE

EVENT

DATE

Petition filed by Project Owner (AFC)

October 12, 2004

Staff issues data requests

November 1, 2004

Staff files Issue Identification Report

November 3, 2004

Informational Hearing & Site Visit

November 10, 2004

Data Response and Issue Resolution Workshop

November 15, 2004

Continuation of Data Response and Issue Resolution Workshop

November 23, 2004

Applicant files data responses

November 30, 2004

Committee issues Scheduling Order

December 6, 2004

Status Report #1 due to Committee

December 10, 2004

Status Report #2 due to Committee

January 4, 2005

Staff releases Draft Staff Assessment/Environmental Assessment (DSA/EA)

January 7, 2005

Staff conducts DSA/EA workshop

January 18,2005

Agency Comment on DSA/EA

January 21,2005

Status Report #3 due to Committee

January 24, 2005

Committee Conference on Scope of Project Analysis

Late January, Early February




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