For Immediate Release: April 20, 2011
Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb - 916-654-4989


Energy Commission Begins Pio Pico Energy Center Review

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission has started the review of the proposed Pio Pico Energy Center in southwestern San Diego County. At a regular business meeting today, the Energy Commission voted to accept the application for certification for the 300-megawatt natural gas project as data adequate.

Data adequacy means the Energy Commission has received enough information from the applicant, Pio Pico Energy Center, LLC, to begin the discovery analysis phase of the certification process.

The Commission named Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman as the presiding member of the committee reviewing the project. Commissioner Karen Douglas is the associate committee member. The committee will ensure that the project meets the Energy Commission's siting requirements, as well as those of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing thermal electric power plants that are 50 megawatts and greater in California.

The project is a natural gas-fired, simple-cycle electrical generating facility. The Pio Pico Energy Center will be located on Alta Road within the Otay Mesa Business Park in an unincorporated area of San Diego County. The facility would be on a 10-acre site next to the existing Otay Mesa Generating Project.

The current application for certification replaces the previously proposed project that the applicant had withdrawn on December 10, 2010. The proposed site was in the city of Chula Vista in San Diego County on 13 acres of land near Otay Lakes County Park.

As lead agency under CEQA, the Energy 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.

If approved by the Energy Commission, construction on the project would begin in 2013 with commercial operation starting in 2014.

More information on the Pio Pico Energy Center is available at:

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