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Energy Commission staff recommends approval of the
San Francisco Electric Reliability power plant project
Sacramento - The Final Staff Assessment report prepared by the California Energy Commission staff on the San Francisco Electric Reliability Project (SFERP) recommends the Energy Commission approve the power plant project with conditions.
The SFERP is being proposed by the City and County of San Francisco to reduce the need for existing in-city generation while maintaining reliability of the electric system. While there were several potential areas of concern, the staff and applicant agree that issues related to air quality, soil and water, land use, public health, and worker safety can be mitigated to ensure that significant impacts will not occur. Specific mitigation measures and conditions of certification are identified in the 900-plus page document.
As proposed, the San Francisco Electric Reliability Project will consist of a nominal 145-megawatt, simple-cycle plant, using three natural gas-fired turbines, which would be located on city-owned property. The project site is located near the San Francisco Bay in the Potrero District of southeast San Francisco and is adjacent to the planned MUNI Metro East Light Rail Vehicle Maintenance and Operations Facility. The City and County of San Francisco intends to operate the facility up to 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, but not more than 12,000 total hours per year for the three combustion turbines combined.
The Final Staff Assessment does not represent an Energy Commission decision or proposed decision on the San Francisco Electric Reliability Project. It reflects the staff's independent analysis of the project's potential impacts on the environment, public health and safety, the transmission system, and its compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards. The document will also serve as the staff's testimony at evidentiary hearings to be held by the Committee overseeing this case. Following the evidentiary hearings, the Committee will write a proposed decision. The proposed decision will then be presented to the full Energy Commission for a final decision.
The Final Staff Assessment for the San Francisco Electric Reliability Project is located on the Energy Commission Web site at:
It is anticipated that a public workshop will be conducted soon after the publication of the Final Staff Assessment. Public participation is an important part of the Energy Commission's power plant licensing process. Interested parties can sign up for the electronic list that will notify them regarding this project at:
To find out how to get involved and make comments on this case, contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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