GOVERNOR DAVIS ANNOUNCES THE LICENSING OF
SAN DIEGO, PALM SPRINGS PEAKER PLANTS
SACRAMENTO -- Governor Gray Davis today announced that the
first two peaker plants have been licensed under the
California Energy Commission's expedited review process. The
two power plants, located in Palm Springs and San Diego,
will provide electricity at peak use times this summer.
"Under my Emergency Executive Orders, the Energy
Commission was able to accelerate the licensing process,
approving these simple-cycle plants in just 19 days,"
Governor Davis said. "We continue to move at warp speed to
meet California's summertime electricity demand, without
jeopardizing California's environmental protections."
The two projects will be built by Wildflower Energy LP,
a Houston, Texas-based subsidiary of InterGen North America.
Both projects use natural gas-fueled simple-cycle turbine
generators equipped with state-of-the-art air pollution
control features, and are part of the Independent System
Operator's reliability generation agreements planned to come
on-line this summer. Both plants meet the Best Available
Control Technology five parts-per-million NOx air emissions
The Larkspur Energy Facility, a 90-megawatt peaker
plant, will be located in the Otay Mesa area of the City of
San Diego, at the corner of Harvest Road and Otay Mesa Road
and will be on-line as soon as July 5, 2001.
The Indigo Energy Facility, a 135-megawatt peaker plant,
will be located near an existing wind generating facility in
the City of Palm Springs in Riverside County. The project,
which plans to be on-line by July 5, 2001, is north of
Interstate 10, on 19th Avenue, east of North Indian Avenue.
The Energy Commission announced it has received two more
proposals for simple-cycle plants -- a 50-megawatt facility
planned in Kings City in Monterey County, and a 57-megawatt
facility planned in Chula Vista, in San Diego County. Those
proposals, along with two others for power plants in the
City of Colton in San Bernardino County, are being examined
to see if their applications are complete. Once they are
deemed complete, they can begin the expedited licensing
process that applies to power plants that can be on-line by
September 30, 2001.
The Energy Commission's current status report indicates
that new generation totaling 4,168 megawatts will be on-line
by the end of August 2001. This includes generation from
the restart of existing biomass facilities and development
of new renewable projects supported by the Commission's
Renewables Program, as well as the new simple cycle power
plants licensed through the emergency licensing process.
In addition to the 4 simple-cycle applications in review
for data adequacy, the Energy Commission is working with 23
power plant developers, who could add 12 plants and an
additional 910 megawatts for this Summer and 10 plants with
1,801 for the Summer of 2002. There are 17 new renewable
energy projects expected to be on-line by early August with
a combined generating capacity of approximately 120
The most significant contribution in the early summer
will come from new baseload power plants previously approved
by the Energy Commission. Four new power plants -- Sutter,
Los Medanos, Sunrise, and Proctor and Gamble -- are
currently in construction and will come on-line this summer
and will produce over 1,400 megawatts.
Energy Commission staff regularly provides updates on
all projects under its review at