For Immediate Release: December 2, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


California Energy Commission Licenses 850-MW Power Plant

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission approved the construction of the 850-megawatt CPV Sentinel Energy Project in Riverside County.

In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Energy Commission adopted the presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) that recommended licensing the natural gas-fired power plant.

"By licensing this natural gas power plant, the Energy Commission is meeting California's growing energy needs and minimizing environmental impacts," said Energy Commission Vice Chair James Boyd. "When this plant is fully operational in 2013, it will offer reliable power for many Riverside County's desert communities," said Boyd, who served as the presiding member of the committee that reviewed the plant's application for certification.

Natural gas-fired power plants facilitate the expansion of renewable energy power plants such as wind and solar because of their consistent and reliable power.

The PMPD said the facility, as mitigated, will have no significant impacts on the environment and complies with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards.

The PMPD determined that the record, which contains a detailed environmental impact assessment required by the California Environmental Quality Act, was adequate. The record includes the Energy Commission staff's thorough and independent assessment of the project's potential impacts on the environment, public health, and safety.

The PMPD was based solely on the record of facts, which were established during the facility's certification proceeding. CPV Sentinel, LLC of San Francisco, a subsidiary of Competitive Power Ventures, Inc., will construct, own, and operate the proposed natural gas-fired, simple-cycle power plant. The project would be built on 37 acres in unincorporated Riverside County near Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs. The planned project is adjacent to several wind farms and a Southern Edison facility off Route 62.

If approved, construction on the project is expected to take place over an 18-month period with commercial operation scheduled to begin in the summer of 2013.

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