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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 12/15/09
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220  
  Steve Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-10-22

BLM Announces Ridgecrest Solar Public Workshops, Scoping Meetings, and Site Visit


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) announce public workshops and scoping meetings for Jan. 5 and 6, 2010, on Solar Millennium’s proposed Ridgecrest Solar Power Project in northeastern Kern County, Calif. near the city of Ridgecrest.  

The workshops and scoping meetings offer the agencies and the public a forum to obtain detailed information about the proposed project from its proponent, as well as an opportunity for the agencies and public to comment on issues regarding the proposed project. 

The proposed project would require a right-of-way on public lands to construct a 250-megawatt (MW) dry-cooling, parabolic trough, solar thermal power plant.  The project site is located on both sides of Brown Road, southwest of Highway 395, approximately five miles southwest of the city of Ridgecrest.  If approved by the BLM and CEC, construction is proposed to begin Nov. 1, 2010. 

All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.  The workshops are discussions on technical aspects of the project between the proponent and the CEC.  The informational hearings/scoping meetings will include brief presentations describing the project and the review process, followed by a time for public comment.  The site visit provides an opportunity to see the actual area for the proposed project.

The joint CEC/BLM workshops, informational hearings/scoping meetings and site visit will be held at the following times and locations:

January 5, 2010 (Tuesday): 

Workshop,  8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ridgecrest City Hall,100 West California Ave., Ridgecrest, Calif.    
Site Visit,   3:30 - 4:30 p.m., (The proponent will provide chartered bus transportation to and from the site, departing Ridgecrest City Hall at 3:30 p.m.)
Informational Hearing/Scoping Meeting, 5 - 7 p.m., Ridgecrest City Hall

January 6, 2010 (Wednesday):

Workshop, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ridgecrest City Hall, 100 West California Ave., Ridgecrest, Calif.    
Informational Hearing/Scoping Meeting, 3- 7 p.m., Inyokern Town Hall, 1439 Broadway Street, Inyokern, Calif.

Written comments must be submitted no later than Jan. 21, 2010, to the BLM’s California Desert District Office, c/o Ridgecrest Solar Power Project, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553, or by fax to (951) 697-5299, or by e-mail carspp@blm.gov

To reserve a space on the bus to visit the site, please contact the Energy Commission’s Public Adviser’s Office at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228 or e-mail: publicadviser@energy.state.ca.us.  It is recommended you make your reservation prior to Monday, Dec. 21, 2009.  CEC’s notice can be found at:  http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/solar_millennium_ridgecrest/notices/2010-01-05_visit_and_hearing_notice.pdf

Further details of this project can be found at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ridgecrest.html and http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/solar_millennium_ridgecrest/index.html.  The BLM project lead is Janet Eubanks, carspp@blm.gov.  For the CEC, Eric Solorio, esolorio@energy.state.ca.us.




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Last updated: 12-18-2009