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Notice of Biological Resources Mitigation Workshop
Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project (07-AFC-1)

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a two-day workshop to discuss the proposed Conditions of Certification BIO-12 and BIO-18, contained in the Biological Resources section of the Final Staff Assessment (FSA) for the proposed Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project. These conditions pertain to conserving habitat for and protecting special-status animal species including the desert tortoise, Mohave ground squirrel and burrowing owl. The workshop is intended to provide an opportunity for the applicant to develop the required mitigation plans in consultation with staff, the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and technical advisors. All interested agencies, parties and members of the public are invited to participate.

The workshop will be conducted over two days. An indoor meeting at the Southern California Logistics Airport will begin each daily session. The indoor meetings will be followed by field meetings as needed. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation and are encouraged to carpool.

Workshop start times are:
Session 1: Monday, April 28, 2008 at 10:00 AM
Session 2: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 9:00 AM
Workshop completion times will be determined based on progress.

Workshop sessions will begin at the following location:
Southern California Logistics Airport
Administration Office Building
18374 Phantom Street
Victorville, California 92393
(Wheelchair Accessible)
(Map to Location)

Discussions will focus on Biological Resources Mitigation including:
Desert Tortoise Translocation Plan
Proposed Habitat Compensation Locations for Special-Status Species
Streambed Impact Avoidance and Minimization Measures

To participate in the indoor sessions of the workshop by telephone,
please call: 1-888-324-6856
Passcode: 69361
Call Leader: John Kessler

Purpose

On March 19, 2008, the Energy Commission staff filed its Final Staff Assessment (FSA) for the Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project. The purpose of this Biological Resources Mitigation workshop is to discuss mitigation plans required by staff's proposed Conditions of Certification BIO-12 and BIO-18. These two conditions establish protection measures for special-status animal and plant species and also conserve their habitat. At the April 3, 2008 Evidentiary Hearing, the Victorville 2 Committee left the evidentiary record open to receive additional information on these topics. This workshop is being held in order to develop that information. Comments from members of the public, intervenors, and interested local, state and federal agencies will be used in the development of the detailed mitigation measures.

Background

On February 28, 2007, the city of Victorville submitted an AFC to construct and operate the 563 megawatt (MW) Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project, a mix of natural gas-fired combined cycle generating equipment integrated with solar thermal generating equipment. The proposed project site is approximately 3.5 miles east of Highway 395 and approximately 0.5 mile west of the Mojave River, and is located immediately north of the Southern California Logistics Airport (the former George Air Force Base). The land required for the solar collectors and the footprint of the power plant would involve grading of approximately 338 acres. In addition, the construction laydown areas would require two separate temporary sites of 20 and 30 acres each.

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 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 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.

Questions and Access to Information

General information and documents on the proposed project are available on the Energy Commission's website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/victorville2/. Please direct all news media inquiries to the Media and Public Communication's Office, at (916) 654-4989 or email mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us. For general or technical questions on the subject matter, please contact John Kessler, Project Manager, at (916) 654-4679 or email jkessler@energy.state.ca.us.



Date Posted: April 18, 2008 ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
 

________/signed/_______
TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director,
Energy Facilities Siting Division

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