For Immediate Release: November 16, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Energy Commission Begins Review for Quail Brush Generation Project

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission has started the review of a proposed 100-megawatt peaker power plant in San Diego.

At a regular business meeting today, the Energy Commission voted to accept the application for certification for the Quail Brush Generation Project as data adequate.

Data adequacy means the Energy Commission received enough information from the applicant, Quail Brush Genco, LLC, to begin the discovery and analysis phases of the certification process. Quail Brush Genco, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cogentrix Energy, LLC.

The Commission named Energy Commissioner Karen Douglas as the presiding member of the committee reviewing the project. Commissioner Carla Peterman 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.

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.

The Quail Brush natural gas-fired power plant will consist of 11 reciprocating Wartsila engines that will provide electricity to San Diego Gas & Electric customers during periods of peak demand or as needed when electricity from renewable sources is not available.

The facility will be located south of the Sycamore Landfill near the intersection of Sycamore Landfill Road and Mast Boulevard. The project will be located on approximately 11 acres within a 21.6-acre parcel.

Construction of the plant, from site preparation and grading to commercial operation, is expected to take place from March 2013 to June 2014.

The capital investment for the project will be more than $150 million. The project will average 124 workers per month during the 18-month construction period, with a maximum of 268 at the peak. There will be 11 full-time employees when the project is operating.

More information on the Quail Brush Generation Project is available at:

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The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.