Sacramento - With a four-to-zero vote to approve a Small Power Plant Exemption for the Riverside Energy Resource Center, the California Energy Commission took its final action on the project today. Riverside Public Utilities can now use the Final Decision and Mitigated Negative Declaration approved by the Commission as the environmental document to secure the permits necessary to build the 96-megawatt power plant.
The Riverside Energy Resource Center proposed by Riverside Public Utilities is a natural gas-fired, simple-cycle power plant that would produce up to 96 megawatts when the demand for electricity is highest. The site is next to the Riverside wastewater treatment plant. Reclaimed water from the facility next door will be used to cool the power plant. A zero liquid discharge system will eliminate the need for the generation station to release any wastewater.
The Riverside Energy Resource Center was reviewed under the Energy Commissions Small Power Plant Exemption process. The Commission may exempt power plants of up to 100 megawatts from its licensing process if it determines that no substantial adverse impacts to the environment, public health or to energy resources will result from the construction and operation of the proposed facility.
The Riverside Final Decision and Mitigated Negative Declaration is available on the Energy Commission website at:
Since deregulation occurred in 1996, the Energy Commission has licensed or given Small Power Plant Exemptions to 51 facilities, totaling 21,436 megawatts. Twenty four of those power plants are in operation, producing 8,311 megawatts. Another eight facilities, including the Riverside Energy Resource Center, are expected to come on-line by the summer of 2005, adding 2,051 megawatts to the grid in California. In addition, five projects remain active in the Energy Commission review process, representing 1,595 megawatts.
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