For Immediate Release: October 8, 2009
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989


Final staff assessment released for the Canyon Power Plant project

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today recommended approving the planned Canyon Power Plant project in Anaheim. The proposed plant will be owned by the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) and the City of Anaheim.

In its final staff assessment (FSA), Energy Commission staff said the 200-megawatt gas-fired peaker facility conforms to all laws, ordinances, regulations and standards (LORS). With the effective implementation of the proposed conditions of certification, the plant can be constructed and operated safely and reliably.

The project site is located at 3071 East Miraloma Avenue, in Anaheim, in a designated industrial zone. The FSA concludes that all significant impacts to biological, soil, and water resources can be fully mitigated to less than significant levels.

The Canyon Power Plant's interconnection to the transmission grid follows all ordinances. The staff said the project has complied with the rules and requirements of the South Coast Air Quality Management District and has identified sufficient emission reduction credits.

The proposed facility was also evaluated for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions consistent with a recent Energy Commission Order Instituting Informational Proceeding, which provided guidance for fulfilling its California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) responsibilities for power plant siting projects. It is expected that the California Air Resources Board will develop regulations requiring mitigation of power plant GHG emissions in the future.

The FSA is not a decision or proposed decision on Canyon Power Plant. The document represents the Energy Commission staff's thorough and independent assessment of the project's potential impacts on the environment, public health and safety and its compliance with all LORS, including those that would apply to the project under the Commission's exclusive licensing jurisdiction. The FSA provides the detailed environmental impact assessment required by CEQA.

The document will serve as staff's testimony at an evidentiary hearing currently scheduled for November 2, 2009 by the hearing officer and the committee of two commissioners reviewing this case.

If licensed by the Energy Commission, construction of the $200-million power facility from site preparation, demolition, and grading to commercial operation is expected to take approximately 12 months.

More information on the Canyon Power Plant project is available on the Energy Commission website at:

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