California Energy Commission Letterhead

Notice of Preliminary Staff Assessment Workshop
for the
CPV Sentinel Energy Project

The California Energy Commission Staff will conduct a workshop for the proposed CPV Sentinel Energy Project (CPV Sentinel) Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA). The workshop will provide an opportunity for agencies, the public and other interested parties to present questions and comments on the PSA. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate. The workshop will be held:

11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
(Wheelchair Accessible)

(Map to Location)


California Energy Commission staff recently filed its PSA on the CPV Sentinel Application for Certification (AFC). The purpose of this PSA workshop is to receive comments on staff's analysis from the applicant, public, intervenors in the proceeding, and local, state and federal agencies. Environmental and engineering related topics and any outstanding issues will be discussed. Discussions may include any of the topics contained in the PSA with a focus on Biology and Soil and Water Resources. Comments will be used to revise the PSA and complete the Final Staff Assessment which will become staff's testimony in evidentiary hearings. Public comments on the PSA are welcome and encouraged to be submitted in writing by August 29, 2008, to John Kessler, Project Manager, at the address on this letterhead.


On June 25, 2007, CPV Sentinel, LLC submitted an AFC to the Energy Commission to construct and operate a simple-cycle (peaking) power plant. The CPV Sentinel project is a proposed nominally rated 850 megawatt (MW) electrical generating facility that would encompass 37 acres of land situated within unincorporated Riverside County, California, adjacent to the Palm Springs northern city limits. On February 19, 2008, the Energy Commission received a supplement to the CPV Sentinel AFC updating the proposed water supply plan. The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing and ultimately approving or denying all applications for thermal electric power plants, with a capacity of 50 MW or greater, proposed for construction in California.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office 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 Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Elena Miller, at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail 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.


General information and documents on the proposed project are available on the Energy Commission's website at Please direct your technical or project schedule questions to John Kessler, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 654-4679, or by email at News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Susanne Garfield, at (916) 654-4989, 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: August 21, 2008

Terrence O'Brien, Deputy Director
Energy Facilities Siting Division