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APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION FOR
THE IVANPAH SOLAR ELECTRIC
GENERATING SYSTEM

Docket No. 08-AFC-5

 

Order Directing Comment on a Revised Committee Schedule

The most recent Committee Schedule for this matter, adopted on October 29, 2008, is now obsolete in that the Final Staff Assessment/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (FSA/DEIS), projected to be filed on March 3, has not yet been filed. The Committee Schedule serves to notify the parties and public of the progress of the case, especially where there is significant public interest. At present, it is uncertain when the FSA/DEIS will be ready for publication which depends on the Applicant's delivery of certain reports and information to the Energy Commission and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staffs. Any revisions to the schedule made now would be speculative and likely require further revision.

We therefore order the parties to address the schedule in their next status reports, due April 10, 2009, and suggest new dates for the FSA/DEIS publication and following events. We invite specific comment on: 1) the merit of issuing a Commission Decision prior to the completion of the BLM's permitting process as the current schedule suggests; and 2) whether a longer period between the publication of the FSA/DEIS and the commencement of the evidentiary hearings is appropriate in order to allow for the complete exchange of direct and rebuttal evidence, and testimony between the parties before the hearings commence and, if so, proposed timetables for the exchanges.

The parties may file responses to the other parties' schedule proposals on or before April 17, 2009. We prefer to rule on the written reports but may, if necessary, schedule a Committee Conference to further discuss the schedule and other matters.

Dated March 20, 2009, at Sacramento, California.

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JEFFREY D. BYRON
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Ivanpah AFC Committee

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JAMES D. BOYD
Vice Chair and Associate Member
Ivanpah AFC Committee