Almond 2 Power Plant Project
09-AFC-2 (Application For Certification)
09-AFC-2C (Compliance Proceeding)
Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase
The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on December 15, 2010. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.
Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:
Karen Douglas, Chairman, Presiding Member
Anthony Eggert, Commissioner, Associate Member
Hearing Officer: Kourtney Vaccaro
- 5/11/2009 - Application for Certification (AFC) filed
- 7/1/2009 - Commission accepts AFC as "data adequate."
- 4/30/2010 - Commission staff releases Staff Analysis.
- 7/30/2010 - Commission staff releases REVISED Staff Analysis.
- 11/05/2010 - Committee releases Presiding Member's Proposed Decision.
- 12/15/2010 - Commission approves Application For Certification.
- 7/13/2012 - Power plant on line and producing power.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
On May 11, 2009, Turlock Irrigation District (TID) submitted an Application for Certification (AFC) for the proposed Almond 2 Power Plant (A2PP) located on a 4.6-acre parcel adjacent to the existing 48 megawatt (MW) TID Almond Power Plant (A1PP). The site is an industrial area, 2 miles from the Ceres city center and 5 miles from Modesto.
A2PP would be a natural-gas fired, simple-cycle peaking facility rated at a gross generating capacity of 174 megawatts (MW).
Primary equipment for the generating facility would include three 58-MW General Electric LM6000PG turbines equipped with a water injection system to the turbine in order to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) formation, and a selective catalytic reduction system to further control NOx emissions.
Power will be transmitted to the grid at 115 kilovolts (kV) through two new transmission lines which will connect to the proposed Grayson Substation which will be located approximately 3,300 feet from A2PP. The substation is expected to be complete before the A2PP project is operational and is not part of the A2PP project. Existing facilities at the adjacent A1PP will be shared with the A2PP facility without modification. They include the fire protection system, water treatment system, process water supply and wastewater discharge system, and demineralized and reverse osmosis water storage tanks. A2PP will receive process water from the Ceres Wastewater Treatment Plant through an existing pipeline at A1PP, as well as service water for domestic use provided by an existing onsite water well.
Expansion of the existing natural gas service would be required for the proposed project. PG&E will construct an 8-inch natural gas pipeline to their supply line several miles from the A2PP site.
Energy Commission Facility Certification Process
The California Energy Commission is the lead agency (for licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts and larger) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has a certified regulatory program under CEQA. Under its certified program, the Energy Commission is exempt from having to prepare an environmental impact report. Its certified program, however, does require environmental analysis of the project, including an analysis of alternatives and mitigation measures to minimize any significant adverse effect the project may have on the environment.
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