Preliminary Staff Assessment
Blythe Energy Transmission Line
Amendment Petition

Purposes: The California Energy Commission staff, with Western Area Power Administration and the Bureau of Land Management, will hold a workshop to discuss the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) published for the Blythe Energy Transmission Line amendment petition on January 24, 2005. This workshop will provide an opportunity for members of the public, intervenors, the applicant or any interested party to discuss the PSA document. If you are unable to participate in person, written comments may be sent to the project manager, electronically or via regular mail, the Energy Commission at 1516 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. MS15

Date: Thursday, February 17th & Friday, February 18th, 2005 Call-In Number:
Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Earlier on Friday if completed)

Access Code: CASWELL
Location: City Hall Council Chambers
3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Project Summary: Blythe Energy, LLC, filed a petition to amend the Energy Commission decision and modify its existing project. Blythe Energy proposes to build two new transmission lines and a substation in Riverside County, California. The proposed facilities would allow the entire electrical generating capacity of the Blythe Energy power plant, located in the city of Blythe, to be transmitted into the Southern California electrical grid system. The proposed project will consist of two 230-kV transmission lines, one 67.4 miles in length and the other 6.7 miles. Additionally, Blythe Energy would construct a new substation at the point of interconnection near the existing Southern California Edison Devers-Palo Verde (DP-V1) 500-kV transmission line.

Public Participation: The public is encouraged to participate and provide comments. For information on how to participate, 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 []. If you require special accommodations, contact Lou Quiroz, at (916) 654-5146, at least five days prior to the workshop. A call-in number and access code have been provided for remote participation in this workshop (see above).

Questions: Information about the proposed power plant is available on the Energy Commission's website at []. Inquiries about the project should be directed to Jack W. Caswell, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 653-0062, or by e-mail at []. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director, at (916) 654-4989, or e-mail at [].

Date On-Line: February 2, 2005 ________/signed/__________
TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Systems Assessment and Facilities Siting Division

Mailed to POS, 7166, 7167 & 7168

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