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Notice of Staff Issue Resolution Workshop for the
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System Project

The staff of the California Energy Commission and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct a workshop in coordination with the applicant, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game, and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board (Lahontan RWQCB). The workshop is intended to allow an opportunity to discuss areas of analysis being performed by BLM and Energy Commission staff for the proposed Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) project. The areas that will be discussed at this workshop include Alternatives, Biological Resources, and Soil and Water Resources. This workshop will have provisions for remote audio and video access as well as accommodations for those who wish to participate in person. The workshop will be held:

FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2009
9:00 A.M. Until Completed
California Energy Commission
Hearing Room B
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
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The purpose of this workshop is to discuss current progress and issues in the above technical areas and to provide the parties and members of the public with an opportunity to understand the current status of the proposed project. The draft agenda is as follows:

  1. Recent updates to the proposed project, including schedule
  2. Discussion of Alternatives currently being evaluated for consideration by BLM and staff
  3. Biological Resource issues including the following:

    1. Rare plant avoidance and mitigation
    2. Desert Tortoise relocation/translocation areas and requirements
    3. Desert Tortoise habitat compensation including integration of BLM, CDFG and Energy Commission requirements
    4. Incidental Take Permit requirements
    5. Streambed Alteration Agreement requirements
    6. Closure, Revegetation and Rehabilitation Plan
  4. Soil and Water Resources issues including the following:

    1. Stormwater impacts to heliostats/surrounding environment and approaches to minimize effects
    2. Anticipated damage to heliostats in storm events
    3. Stormwater volume and discharge rates for existing and developed conditions
    4. Lahontan RWQCB permit requirements

The topic areas are currently being analyzed by BLM and staff, and the results of the workshop discussions will be reflected in the Final Staff Assessment/Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The Administrative Draft of this document is scheduled to be completed in late August.


On August 30, 2007, Solar Partners, LLC filed an Application for Certification (AFC) with the Energy Commission to develop a 400-megawatt solar thermal power plant on public lands managed by the BLM. Review of this proposed project is currently in the analysis phase of a joint state and federal agency environmental and engineering review proceeding.

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 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 Please direct all news media inquiries to the office of Media and Public Communications, at (916) 654-4989 or by email at You can subscribe to receive e mail notification of all notices at

For general or technical questions, please contact John Kessler, Project Manager, at (916) 654-4679 or by email at 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.

Date: July 20, 2009

Original Signed By TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection Division


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