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For Immediate Release: October 11, 2006
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield-Jones - 916-654-4989

Niland Gas Turbine Plant approved for Small Power Plant
Exemption by the California Energy Commission

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today voted to issue a Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) for the proposed Niland Gas Turbine Plant.

With the SPPE, the Imperial Irrigation District, which proposes to build and operate the power plant, may obtain local permits for the project based upon the environmental and engineering analyses in the Final Initial Study.

The Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD), Mitigated Negative Declaration, and Final Initial Study.

The Energy Commission Committee assigned to the Niland project - consisting of Commission Vice Chair James Boyd, Presiding Member, and Commissioner Jeffrey Byron, Associate Member - recommended granting a Small Power Plant Exemption to the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) for its proposed 93-megawatt (MW) simple-cycle power plant in Niland. The Committee's approval includes the following condition to mitigate potential environmental and community impacts:

  • To lessen noise from the plant, especially at night, the project will meet Imperial County's General Plan noise limit by on-site mitigation that reduces noise to no more than 45 decibels (dBA).

The IID proposes to build and operate the power facility on a 22-acre site northeast of Niland. The project would supply the internal power generation needs of the Imperial Irrigation District service territory during periods of peak electrical demand. Construction of the power plant, to be completed in May 2008, is estimated at a cost of $69.4 million.

More information on the Niland Gas Turbine Plant is available at the Energy Commission's website at:


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