OAKLAND -- BrightSource Energy and Southern California Edison have terminated a power purchase agreement for a solar thermal power plant near the Mojave Desert city of Blythe, according to a state regulatory filing.
"All proceedings are suspended," the state Energy Commission said in a regulatory filing, adding that this was "pursuant to the applicant's request."
The solar energy company and the utility, based in the Southern California city of Rosemead, said they mutually terminated their contract. The termination involves the Rio Mesa 2 project in the desert.
Oakland-based BrightSource also asked the state agency to suspect permitting activities for its adjacent Rio Mesa 1 solar complex.
The major current project for BrightSource is a large solar plant in the Mojave Desert near the Ivanpah settlement. That solar complex is under construction.
"After more than a year of permitting review, we concluded that there remained a number of areas at the Rio Mesa site which required additional analysis," Keely Wachs, a BrightSource spokesman, said in a prepared release e-mailed to this newspaper. "It became clear that to adequately address those concerns in coordination with the state Energy Commission and Bureau of Land Management would have a detrimental timing impact to the Rio Mesa project."
The most notable impediment was a request by Energy Commission staff for a minimum four-month schedule extension and delay, according
"The inability to resolve these concerns in a timely manner led us to conclude that we could no longer meet the commercial terms" of the agreement it had forged with Southern California Edison for the Rio Mesa solar site, Wachs said.
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