For Immediate Release: May 10, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Proposed Decision Provisionally Recommends License for Carlsbad Energy Center

Sacramento - A California Energy Commission siting committee is provisionally recommending the approval of the planned Carlsbad Energy Center in northern San Diego County.

In its presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) released Monday, the committee said the 558-megawatt facility, as mitigated, will have no significant impacts on the environment and complies with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards.

The committee is specifically soliciting comments from the parties and public about whether a required finding under the South Carlsbad Coastal Redevelopment Project Area Plan that the project provides "extraordinary public benefit" can be made with the present level of benefit provided by the project or if an enhanced level of benefit is necessary. The enhanced level of benefit might include measures such as the planning for the removal of the existing Encina Power Station when it is retired.

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

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

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 Carlsbad Energy Center is a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility being proposed by Carlsbad Energy Center LLC, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. The project will be built on a 23-acre portion of the existing Encina Power Station in the city of Carlsbad. Existing steam boiler Units 1,2, and 3 at the Encina Power Station would be retired when the Carlsbad Energy Center is operational.

If approved by the Energy Commission, construction on the project would begin in the second or third quarter of 2011 with commercial operation starting by the late summer of 2013.

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