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Notice of Staff Workshop for the
Blythe Energy Project Transmission Line
Amendment Petition (99-AFC-8C)

The California Energy Commission staff, with Western Area Power Administration and Bureau of Land Management staff, will conduct a workshop to discuss the Staff Assessment/Draft Environmental Assessment for the Blythe Energy Project Transmission Line Modifications amendment petition filed by Blythe Energy, LLC. The proposed project is a petition to amend Blythe Energy, LLC's license for the Blythe Energy Project power plant. The petition requests that two new transmission lines and a substation be developed to provide the BEP an opportunity to transmit the full 520-megawatt capacity of electrical power directly into the California transmission grid system. The proposed project would be developed entirely in Riverside County, California.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2006
10:00 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room B
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)


To participate in the meeting by telephone,
Please call: 1-888-456-0322 at 10:00 a.m.
Passcode: 64664, Call Leader: Jack Caswell

Purpose

The Energy Commission and Federal agency staff published a Staff Assessment/ Draft Environmental Assessment (SA/DEA) on May 25, 2006. At an Energy Commission Prehearing Conference on July 31, 2006, Blythe Energy indicated that additional changes to the project and facility description portion of their amendment petition will be provided requiring further consideration and analysis by Energy Commission and Federal staff. Blythe Energy committed to provide the proposed additional amendment changes one week prior to this workshop. The staff workshop will focus on the SA/DEA document, comments received on the SA/DEA, additional information provided by Blythe Energy, and suggested changes to Conditions of Certification. Following the workshop, staff will consider the additional information and comments it receives and will publish a Revised SA/DEA and recommendation which will be staff's testimony in an upcoming evidentiary hearing.

Background

On October 12, 2004, Blythe Energy, LLC filed a petition request to amend their existing license with the Energy Commission. The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing and ultimately approving or denying all thermal electric power plants, 50-MW and greater, proposed for construction in California. The Energy Commission's amendment process allows energy facility developers to petition the Commission to amend an Energy Commission license. The Blythe Energy Project amendment request may be granted if the Energy Commission concludes that the project would not create a significant adverse impact to public health and safety or the environment and makes the findings required by Title 20, section 1769(a) of the California Code of Regulations. The Energy Commission is the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Written Comments

Written comments on the SA/DEA should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on August 14, 2006. Please include the docket number 99-AFC-8C and Blythe Energy Project Transmission Line Amendment in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. Please hand-deliver or mail to:

Jack W. Caswell, Project Manager
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS# 15
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

The Energy Commission also encourages comments by e-mail. Please include your name or your organization's name in the e-mail. Those submitting comments via e-mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format, or as Adobe(PDF), to: jcaswell@energy.state.ca.us. One original paper copy must also be provided by regular mail or hand delivery.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, provides the public with assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989 or e-mail at energia@energy.ca.gov.

For technical questions on the subject matter, please call Jack W. Caswell, Project Manager at (916) 653-0062 or at: jcaswell@energy.state.ca.us.



Dated on August 03, 2006.



________/signed/________
ROGER E. JOHNSON, Manager
Energy Facilities Siting and Compliance Office



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