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Notice of Preliminary Staff Assessment
Workshop for the
Sun Valley Energy Project (05-AFC-3)

Purpose

The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) is currently analyzing Valle del Sol Energy, LLC's Application for Certification (AFC) for the proposed development of the Sun Valley Energy Project (SVEP). Staff published the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) for the project on May 16, 2007.

The Energy Commission staff will conduct a Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) workshop for the proposed SVEP. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the staff's PSA with the applicant and all parties including local, state, and federal agencies and the public. The workshop will provide an opportunity for the public and other interested parties to discuss the PSA and to provide comments to Energy Commission staff. All interested parties are invited to participate. Following the workshop, staff will consider the comments it receives and publish a Final Staff Assessment (FSA) containing staff's final recommendations on the proposed project. This will be followed by a draft decision prepared by the Committee presiding over this project titled the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision.

The workshop will be held on:

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2007
3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

EASTERN MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT
2270 Trumble Road
Perris, California 92570
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Map to the Eastern Municipal Water District

Background

On December 1, 2005, Valle del Sol Energy, LLC, submitted an AFC to construct and operate a 500 megawatt (MW) simple-cycle power plant, the SVEP, near Romoland in unincorporated western Riverside County. The facility site would be located on a 20-acre parcel owned by the applicant. The site is approximately 1.0 mile southeast of Romoland, 0.75 mile south of State Route 74, and 600 feet south of Southern California Edison's (SCE) Valley Substation located on Menifee Road. 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 and greater, proposed for construction in California. On February 1, 2006, the Energy Commission accepted the AFC as complete, which initiated the Energy Commission staff's independent review of the proposed project.

The Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) presents the Energy Commission staff's independent analysis of the Sun Valley Energy Project (SVEP) Application for Certification (AFC). This PSA is a staff document. The PSA describes the following:

  • the existing environmental setting;

  • the proposed project;

  • whether the facilities can be constructed and operated safely and reliably in accordance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and standards (LORS);

  • the environmental consequences of the project including potential public health and safety impacts;

  • cumulative analysis of the potential impacts of the project, along with potential impacts from other existing and known planned developments;

  • mitigation measures proposed by the applicant, staff, interested agencies and intervenors that may lessen or eliminate potential impacts;

  • the proposed conditions under which the project should be constructed and operated, if it is certified;

  • project alternatives; and

  • the project closure requirements.

The 19 technical area analyses contained in this PSA are based upon information from: 1) the AFC; 2) subsequent submittals; 3) responses to data requests; 4) supplementary information from local and state agencies, interveners, and interested individuals; 5) existing documents and publications; and 6) independent field studies and research.

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 the project review, 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 e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us. 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

General information, copies of the PSA and other documents relating to the proposed project are available on the Energy Commission's website at
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/sunvalley/index.html.
Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989 or e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us. For general information or technical questions on the subject matter, please contact Robert Worl, Project Manager, at (916) 651-8853 or by e-mail to rworl@energy.state.ca.us.

If you are unable to attend the workshop, please provide written comments by June 18, 2007, to the Energy Commission staff's project manager. Comments may be sent electronically, or to the Energy Commission's street address shown on the letterhead of this Notice.



Date Posted: May 18, 2007

______________________________
TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Energy Facilities Siting Division

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