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California Desert District
Release Date: 05/30/14
Contacts: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email:    
News Release No. CA-CDD-14-43

BLM Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Blythe Solar Power Project Right-of-Way Amendment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed right-of-way amendment for the Blythe Solar Power Project in Riverside County, Calif.

The BLM originally approved the Blythe project in 2010. The proponent, NextEra Blythe Solar Energy Center, LLC, has requested to change the project to solar photovoltaic technology from the previously approved solar thermal parabolic trough technology. The modified project, approximately eight miles west of Blythe, Calif. and three miles north of Interstate 10, will be reduced in size from the approved 6,831 acres to approximately 4,138 acres and will generate 485 megawatts of power. The project will connect to the existing Southern California Edison Colorado River Substation.

The Final EIS has been prepared by the BLM in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and is available for public review. The document analyzes the site-specific impacts of the modified project on a full suite of resources and issues. The Final EIS describes two alternatives: 1) the modified project and; 2) denial of the modified project.

The notice published in today's Federal Register initiates a 30-day "availability" period prior to the BLM's issuance of a Record of Decision.

Details on the project can be found at

For further information contact Frank McMenimen, BLM Project Manager, at (760) 833-7150 or at


Last updated: 05-30-2014