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Notice of Site Visit and Staff Workshop
for Bottle Rock Geothermal Power Plant Petition to
Restart Operation

California Energy Commission staff will conduct a site visit and a workshop to discuss the petition submitted by Bottle Rock Power, LLC to change the ownership to Bottle Rock Power, LLC (BRP), amend the Decision to allow the restart of operation, and to complete 11 minor design changes at the facility.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2006
6:00 p.m. (tour of facility)
7:30 p.m. (workshop)
Bottle Rock Geothermal Power Plant
7385 High Valley Road
Cobb, CA 95426
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Purpose

The site visit and workshop will be held to provide an opportunity for the public to tour the Bottle Rock Power Plant, allow the project owner to explain the petition to restart, and allow the Energy Commission staff to explain the procedure for processing amendments to the Energy Commission's Decision. The petition is available for review on the Energy Commission website at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/bottlerock/index.html.

If you intend on participating in the tour of the Bottle Rock Power Plant, please wear closed-toed shoes and dress appropriately. All participants will receive a safety briefing prior to the tour of the power plant. Hard hats and safety glasses will be provided by the project owner.

Background

On August 4, 2006, the California Energy Commission received a petition from the Bottle Rock Power Corporation to amend the Decision for the Bottle Rock Geothermal Power Project. The Commission certified the 55 MW Department of Water Resources (DWR) Bottle Rock Geothermal Power Plant in 1980, and operations to produce electricity for the State Water Project commenced in 1985. In 1990, DWR decided to close the facility due to a lack of steam. In 1993, the Commission approved an amendment to the Decision requested by DWR that reduced the monitoring and reporting requirements in consideration of the plant's shutdown status.

In 2001, the Commission approved the transfer of the power plant from DWR to the Bottle Rock Power Corporation, which has assumed the responsibilities and obligations imposed by the conditions of certification of the power plant, including those that apply to the current suspension of power plant operations. The associated steamfield remains under the jurisdiction of Lake County pursuant to Lake County Amended Use Permit 85-27. In May of 2005, the Commission approved an amendment to the Decision that extended the environmental monitoring program during suspended operations.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, 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 of the workshop.

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

If you have any comments or questions on the amendment, site visit or workshop, please contact Christopher Meyer, Compliance Project Manager, at (916) 653-1639, or by fax to (916) 654-3882, or via e-mail at: cmeyer@energy.state.ca.us

Date Online: September 14, 2006 __________/SIGNED/______________
ROGER E. JOHNSON, Manager
Siting and Compliance Office
Energy Facilities Siting Division

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