For Immediate Release: October 31, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Evidentiary hearing for CPV Sentinel Energy Project scheduled for
Monday, November 3rd

What: The Energy Commission Committee reviewing the 850-megawatt CPV Sentinel Energy Project will hold an evidentiary hearing.

When: Monday, November 3, 2008, beginning at 9am

Where: Hearing Room A, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

Who: Members of the public are welcome to participate. It is not necessary for anyone to be a formal intervenor to take part in the public process. However, only formal parties may present and cross-examine witnesses at the evidentiary hearing.

A free toll-free phone number will be available for callers during the public comment part of the hearing. The number is 1-888-946-7604. The pass code is "Sentinel' and conference leader is "Ken Celli."

Why: The evidentiary hearing will establish the factual record upon which the Commission will decide this case based on written or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding.

This evidentiary hearing will cover all issues except air quality. A separate hearing on the air quality concern will be scheduled later after the applicant identifies emission reduction credits (ERCs) needed to offset the facility's emissions.

The CPV Sentinel Energy Project is a $440 million simple-cycle plant being proposed for Commission approval by Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. The natural gas-fired peaker facility would be built on 37 acres in unincorporated Riverside County near Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs. The planned project is adjacent to several wind farms and the Southern California Edison Devers substation located off State Route 62.

If approved by the Commission, the $440-million project would be constructed over an 18-month period in an unincorporated area of Riverside County near Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs. The project developer has been planning to fire up the first five of eight turbines by March of 2010.The final three are expected to operate beginning in May 2012.

More information on the CPV Sentinel Energy Project is available at:

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