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On December 23, 2004, the California Energy Commission received a petition from CE Obsidian Energy, LLC to modify the Salton Sea Unit 6 Project. The 185-megawatt project was certified on December 17, 2003, and is expected to begin construction in the summer of 2005. The facility will be located in the Imperial Valley, approximately 1,000 feet southeast of the southern reach of the Salton Sea, within the unincorporated area of Imperial County, California.


CE Obsidian Energy, LLC requests to add a binary-cycle turbine (Organic Rankine Cycle) to the existing steam turbine to capture dissipated energy. Other modifications include: increasing brine flow, adding one production well and one injection well, increasing the voltage of the transmission lines from 161 kV to 230 kV, extending the southern boundary by 328 feet (adding 20 acres to the project site), and increasing the size of the cooling tower. These and other minor modifications will increase generation from 185 to 215 megawatts, increase operational efficiencies, and enhance the project's economics.


The purpose of the Energy Commission's review process is to assess the impacts of this proposal on environmental quality, and public health and safety. The review process includes an evaluation of the consistency of the proposed changes with the Energy Commission's Decision and if the project, as changed, will remain in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (Title 20, Calif. Code of Regulations, section 1769). Energy Commission staff is currently analyzing the request and will publish an analysis in the near future. A public hearing for the purpose of approving or denying the amendment proposal will subsequently be held at a regularly scheduled Energy Commission business meeting.

This Notice of Receipt is being mailed to interested parties and property owners adjacent to the project site who may want to participate in the amendment process.

The petition is available on the Energy Commission's webpage at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/saltonsea/index.html. The staff analysis (when published), and the Energy Commission Order (if approved) will also be posted on the webpage. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the petition, staff's analysis, and/or the Energy Commission's Order if the changes are approved, please complete the enclosed Information Request Form and return it to the address shown.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact Connie Bruins, Compliance Project Manager, at (916) 654-4545, or by fax to (916) 654-3882, or via e-mail at: cbruins@energy.state.ca.us within 14 days of the date of this notice.

For further information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact Margret J. Kim, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you require special accommodations, please contact Lourdes Quiroz at (916) 654-5146. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.

Dated January 4, 2005

TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Systems Assessment & Facilities Siting Division

Enclosure Information Request Form . (Adobe PDF file, 1 pages, 56 kilobytes.)

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