[Workshop Notice Letterhead]

Salton Sea Unit #6 Project
Preliminary Staff Assessment Workshop

Purpose: On April 14, 2003 the staff of the California Energy Commission filed its Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA), for the proposed Salton Sea Unit #6 (SSU6) geothermal energy project. The purpose of this workshop is to receive comments on the PSA. Comments will be used to revise the document and will be incorporated into the Final Staff Assessment (FSA). Public and agency comments are encouraged to be received in writing by May 5, 2003. Discussion topics will include Air Quality, Biological Resources, Visual Resources, Water and Soil Resources and other technical areas covered in the PSA. An agenda will be posted on the Energy Commission Website 5 days prior to the workshop.

Date and Time:

Wednesday and Thursday, May 14 and 15, 2003
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Imperial Irrigation District Board Room
1285 Broadway
El Centro, CA 92243
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Teleconference: For those unable to attend the workshop in person, a toll-free teleconference number is provided. At 9:00 a.m. on May 14 and 15, 2003, call 888-552-9483 and provide the pass code: WORL CALL; the conference leader's name is Robert Worl.

Project Summary: On July 26, 2002, CE Obsidian Energy LLC (CEOE) filed the Salton Sea Unit 6 Application for Certification with the Energy Commission seeking approval to construct and operate a 185-megawatt (MW), geothermal powered, electric generating facility. The facility is proposed for an 80-acre site in unincorporated Imperial County, 1,000 feet southeast of the southern tip of the Salton Sea. The Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge is adjacent to the northwest corner of the project site. The plant would be owned and operated by CEOE, an affiliated company of CalEnergy Operating Corporation and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company.

Public Participation: The public is encouraged to participate and provide comments. For information on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the proposed project, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at: PAO@energy.state.ca.us If you require special accommodations, contact Lourdes Quiroz at least five days prior to the workshop at (916) 654-5146.

Agency Participation: The Energy Commission staff encourages attendance by representatives of those federal, state, and local agencies that have either direct or indirect interests in the purposes of this workshop.

Questions: The PSA is available from our web site; or you may call Robert Worl, the project manager. General information and documents on the proposed project are available on the Commission's website at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/saltonsea. Inquiries about the project should be directed to Robert Worl, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 651-8853, or by e-mail at: rworl@energy.state.ca.us . News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at: energia@energy.state.ca.us


DATE: April 23,2003.

Presiding Member


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