For Immediate Release: February 10, 2010
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Proposed decision recommends license for power plant proposed in Anaheim

SACRAMENTO – A California Energy Commission siting committee is recommending the approval of the planned Canyon Power Plant project in Orange County.

In its presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) released today, the committee said the 200-megawatt facility as mitigated, will have no significant impacts on the environment and complies with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and standards (LORS).

The proposed decision was based solely on the record of facts and established during the facility's certification proceeding.

The PMPD is NOT a final decision on the project. The committee released the document for 30 days of public comment. The Committee will consider input before bringing the proposed decision to the full Commission. The entire document can be found on the Commission's website at:

The Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) and the City of Anaheim would own the proposed plant. The PMPD affirmed the Commission staff's s final staff assessment (FSA) that said with the effective implementation of proposed conditions of certification, the natural gas-fired peaker facility can be constructed and operated safely and reliably.

The project site is 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 demonstrated its ability to provide 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.

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