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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 08/27/10
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220  
  Steve Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-10-98

BLM Releases Final Environmental Study for Proposed Genesis Solar Project


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Genesis Solar Energy Project (GSEP) in California’s Riverside County.

Genesis Solar, LLC (a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources) applied for a right-of-way (ROW) authorization from the BLM to construct and operate a solar energy power plant on 1,800 acres of public land about 25 miles west of Blythe and north of Interstate 10.  The project, if authorized, would be among the first commercial solar power projects approved for construction on public lands in the United States.

The proposed project would consist of two independent solar electric generating facilities with a net electrical output of 125 megawatts (MW) each, with a total net output of 250 MW.  The proposed project would use solar parabolic trough technology to generate electricity.

The agency preferred alternative in the FEIS replaces the proposed wet-cooling technology with a direct dry cooling option that reduces the original required 1,644 acre-feet of water use by 85%.  A Notice of Availability was published by the Environmental Protection Agency in the August 27, 2010, Federal Register.  This notice initiates a 30-day protest period for the proposed amendment to the California Desert Plan.Details on filing a protest can be found in the Federal Register Notice or in the Final EIS, available online at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/palmsprings.html.

In addition to the protest period, the BLM will also be accepting public comment on the Final EIS for 30 days.  Comments can be sent to Allison Shaffer, BLM Project Manager, Palm Springs South Coast Field Office, or by e-mail to: CAPSSolarNextEraFPL@blm.gov.

Further details can be found at the BLM renewable energy web page: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/energy/fasttrack/genesis.html and the CEC web page http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/genesis_solar/index.html or by contacting Allison Shaffer, BLM Project Manager at (760) 833-7100, or the email indicated above.




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Last updated: 08-27-2010