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California Desert District
Release Date: 11/23/09
Contacts: Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217 , email:
News Release No. CA-CDD-10-12

BLM Announces Intent to Prepare EIS for Two Solar Energy Projects in Riverside County

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare two environmental impact statements/staff assessments, and possible land use plan amendments for the proposed Chevron Energy Solutions/Solar Millennium Palen and Blythe solar power plants in eastern Riverside County, Calif.

Chevron Energy Solutions/Solar Millennium has requested two separate right-of-way (ROW) authorizations to construct and operate the solar thermal power plants with an expected combined capacity of 1,452 megawatts (MW), using commercial solar parabolic trough generating stations.  Approximately 10,100 acres of BLM-administered public land are needed to develop the two projects.

The Palen site is 10 miles east of Desert Center, California and a half mile north of Interstate 10; the Blythe site is eight miles west of Blythe, California and three miles north of Interstate 10.  The Palen facility will be constructed in two phases while the Blythe facility will be constructed in four phases.

Publication of the NOI initiates a 30 day public scoping period ends December 23, 2009. Additional opportunities for public participation will become available upon publication of the draft EISs.

The dates and locations of scoping meetings, information hearings, and site visits will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local news media and the BLM website at and the CEC website at and

Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
• Email:,, or
• Fax: (760) 833-7199
• Mail: Alan Solomon, Project Manager, Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection Division, CEC, 1516 Ninth Street, MS–15, Sacramento, CA 95814 or, Holly L. Roberts or Allison Shaffer, Project Managers, Palm Springs South Coast Field Office, BLM, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262.


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Last updated: 11-23-2009