Public Adviser's Office Information
Power Plant Siting Case
Frequently Asked Questions
- Power Plant Licensing FAQs
- Environmental Justice
- Intervening in Siting Cases FAQs
- Introducing Evidence FAQ
- Ex-Parté Contact FAQ
- Laws, Ordinances, Regulations & Standards FAQ
- Reconsideration and Judicial Review of Final Decisions FAQ
- Post-Certification FAQ
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Documents, Presentations, and Reports
- Documents and Reports
- Acronyms and Definitions
- Public Adviser's Forms
- Title 20
- Title 24
- Warren-Alquist Act
Community Resource Links
Acronyms & Definitions used in Application For Certification (AFC) Cases
The person or entity seeking approval to construct and operate a power plant or transmission line that falls within the Energy Commission's jurisdiction.
Application For Certification (AFC)
Document filed by applicant requesting certification to construct a power plant.
California Code of Regulations (CCR)
A compilation of regulations adopted by state agencies. The regulations pertaining to siting are contained in Title 20.
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
CEQA (commencing with Section 2100 of the Public Resources Code) is a statute that requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. For AFCs, the Energy Commission's review process has been deemed functionally equivalent to CEQA by the Secretary of Resources. The Commission Staff's Final Staff Assessment and Commission Decision take the place of an Environmental Impact Report normally required by CEQA.
Shows approval of the California Energy Commission that must be obtained to construct most power facilities in California.
Power plant uses a high technology natural gas turbine to generate electricity, but also uses the exhaust heat from the natural gas turbine to create steam that powers a steam turbine to generate more electricity.
Two commissioners designated by the Energy Commission to preside over an individual siting case.
Process used to obtain information from another party that is reasonably available and relevant to the proceeding.
This is a phase where the Energy Commission staff, agencies and intervenors begin gathering information. Staff workshops may be held during this period.
The Docket Unit of the Energy Commission. The Commission Docket has the responsibility of receiving, protecting, maintaining, retrieving, distributing and archiving all original, duplicate and confidential materials which are the official records for all energy policy, rulemaking, regulatory and administrative proceedings held by the Commission.
The Docket number represents the coding system used to identify siting and other proceedings held before the Commission. The Docket number assigned by the Docket staff consists of the year initiated, the proceeding acronym, and the consecutive proceeding number within each year (i.e., for siting cases, YY-AFC-NN).
A hearing to establish the factual record necessary to reach a decision in the case. The committee takes written, oral, and documentary testimony and exhibits from the parties.
A person is qualified as an expert if he has special knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education sufficient to qualify him /her as an expert on the subject to which his/her testimony relates. To qualify the expert witness, a biography including the educational background, qualifying experience, and a list of relevant circulated writings should be filed and served along with the prepared testimony.
Final Staff Assessment (FSA)
Finalized report that summarizes the project proposal and the environmental setting and the environmental effects of the applicant's siting proposal along with any necessary mitigation.
Health Risk Assessment (HRA)
Defined in Health & Safety Code 44306, it means a detailed comprehensive analysis prepared pursuant to HSC 44361 to evaluate and predict the dispersion of hazardous substances in the environment and the potential for exposure of human populations and to assess and qualify both the individual and population wide health risks associated with those levels of exposure.
An Energy Commission attorney designated to assist a committee in conducting the siting proceeding.
The materials that the committee or commission accepts at a hearing.
The area which is potentially affected by the construction, modification, or operation of a proposed power plant and related facilities.
Any person who has been granted leave to intervene (become a party) by the presiding member in a siting proceeding. Any person may file a petition to intervene in the siting proceeding.
As defined in the California Environmental Quality Act is the public agency which has principal responsibility for carrying out or approving a project that may have a significant effect on the environment. The Energy Commission is the lead agency for siting power plants with a net generating capacity of 50 megawatts or larger.
Laws, ordinances, regulations and standards.
One million Watts. One megawatt will provide electricity for approximately 1,000 homes.
The applicant, the staff of the commission, and any intervenor.
Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA)
Staff's preliminary report which summarizes their analysis of the proposed project.
A Commissioner designated to lead a committee.
Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD)
Contains a description of the significant adverse environmental impacts of the proposal, and a discussion of the merits of project alternatives and mitigation measures proposed to avoid or lessen each significant impact.
Energy Commission staff assigned to the siting case with the overall responsibility for directing staff activities, organizing workshops and preparing the PSA and FSA.
Proof of Service
Is a statement, made by a neutral person (non-party) attesting that a document was properly served (delivered) to the appropriate parties. The signed original Proof of Service must accompany the original paper filed with the Docket Unit of the Energy Commission and list the parties served.
An attorney appointed by the Governor to serve as adviser to the public and to the commission to ensure that full and adequate participation by members of the public is secured in the commission's proceedings.
The chain of events leading to a decision by the five-member commission to approve or disapprove construction of a power facility.
Any oral or written statement offered by any party, under oath in any proceeding before the commission. Whereas, Comment means any oral or written statement made by any person, not under oath, in any proceeding before the commission.
Warren-Alquist Act (WAA)
The Warren-Alquist State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Act created the Energy Commission in 1974. The statutes are found in the Public Resources Code beginning at 25000.
An informal meeting of interested parties to facilitate the full and open exchange of information and the discussion and informal resolution of issues in a public forum. Commissioners do not attend workshops.