For Immediate Release: January 28, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Review starts for proposed power plant in Vacaville

SACRAMENTO - The official review calendar has started for the proposed CPV Vaca Station (CPVV) project in Solano County.

By a vote of 3-0, the California Energy Commission today found the application for certification (AFC) for the 660-megawatt power plant "data adequate."

Data adequacy means the Commission has received enough information from the applicant, CPV Vacaville, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Maryland-based Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. to start the yearlong licensing process for the natural gas-fired combined cycle facility.

The Commission has named Commissioner Jeffrey Byron to lead the Committee to review the CPVV project. Commissioner Arthur Rosenfeld is the associate member.

The committee will ensure that the project meets the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing thermal electric power plants, 50 MW and greater in California.

As lead agency under CEQA, the Commission through its facility certification process examines public health and safety, environmental impacts, and engineering aspects of proposed power plants and all related facilities, such as electric transmission lines and natural gas and water pipelines.

On November 18, 2008, the applicant filed an AFC to construct and operate the CPVV on a 24-acre site within the city of Vacaville. Surrounding land use includes the city's wastewater treatment plant to the northwest and agricultural uses to the east, west, and south.

If approved, construction of the project will start in the spring of 2011. The facility is planned to become fully operational in the spring of 2013.

More information on the proposed plant is available