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Notice of
California Energy Commission Staff
Information Workshop for the
Carrizo Energy Solar Farm Project
(07-AFC-8)

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a public information workshop for the proposed Carrizo Energy Solar Farm project to inform all interested agencies and members of the public about the project and the Energy Commission's review process.

The workshop will be held:

SATURDAY, April 12, 2008
Beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Santa Margarita Elementary School
Multi-Purpose Room
22070 H Street
Santa Margarita, CA 93453

(Wheelchair Accessible)
(Map to Location)

The workshop will conclude no later than 4:00 p.m., but may end earlier if all questions/issues raised by those in attendance have been addressed.

Purpose

The purpose of this information workshop is to provide members of the community, interested County residents, and governmental agencies further opportunity to obtain information and offer comments on the proposed project. The applicant will explain its plans for developing the proposed site and will address comments received to date on its project. Energy Commission staff will explain the licensing process, the schedule, and staff's role in reviewing the project, as well as provide an update on the status of its analysis for those areas that have been identified to date where the potential exists for the project to cause an adverse impact. A representative from the Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office will provide information on how the public can participate in the review process.

Background

On October 25, 2007, Ausra CA II, LLC (dba Carrizo Energy, LLC) submitted an Application for Certification (AFC) to the California Energy Commission to develop a nominal 177 megawatt (MW) net solar thermal power plant in San Luis Obispo County, California. The proposed Carrizo Energy Solar Farm would be owned and operated by Carrizo Energy, LLC. The 640-acre proposed project site is located immediately adjacent to California State Route 58 (SR-58)/Carrisa Highway, approximately 3 miles west of Simmler in eastern San Luis Obispo County.

On December 19, 2007, the Energy Commission accepted the AFC as complete which initiated the Energy Commission staff's independent review of the proposed project. An Informational Hearing and Site Visit with two of the decision makers (i.e., Energy Commissioners) was held on January 29, 2008. Energy Commission staff held a data response and issue resolution workshop on March 12, 2008. The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing and deciding whether to approve an application for a thermal power plant with a capacity of 50 MW or greater proposed for construction in California.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser 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 email 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.

Questions and Access to Information

General information and documents on the proposed project are available on the Energy Commission's website at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/carrizo/. Please direct all news media inquiries to the Energy Commission's Media Office, at (916) 654-4989 or email mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us. For general or technical questions on the subject matter, please contact Mary Dyas, Project Manager, at (916) 651-8891 or email mdyas@energy.state.ca.us. If you are unable to attend the workshop, written comments may be sent to the staff's project manager electronically or to the Energy Commission's street address shown on the letterhead of this notice. Please include "Docket No. 07-AFC-8" in referring to the case.



Date Posted: April 2, 2008 ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
 

________/signed/_______
TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Energy Facilities Siting Division

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