Carlsbad Energy Center Project

Docket Number:

07-AFC-06 (Application For Certification)
07-AFC-06C (Compliance Proceeding)

Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase: On Hold Before Construction

Committee Overseeing Amendment Proceeding:

Karen Douglas, Commissioner, Presiding Member

Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, Associate Member

Hearing Officer: Paul Kramer

Key Dates


Carlsbad Energy Center LLC proposes to amend the May 31, 2012 Carlsbad project with a more flexible, fast-start simple-cycle facility located in the city of Carlsbad in San Diego County.

The licensed Carlsbad Energy Center Project (CECP) was a 558-MW gross combined-cycle generating facility. The 632-MW amended CECP would be located at the same, slightly larger northeastern parcel of the 95-acre Encina Power Station (EPS) power plant complex and would involve several phases of demolition and construction over a 64-month period. The amended CECP would provide power generation reliability in the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) service territory.

Prior to construction of the amended CECP, the project owner seeks permission to demolish three above-ground fuel oil storage tanks (ASTs) to provide space for power plant construction, including AST 4 (which along with ASTs 5, 6 and 7, constitute the EPS eastern tank farm, and would form the 30-acre footprint upon which the amended CECP power plant would be constructed). Demolition of ASTs 1 and 2 would provide necessary parking and laydown areas required during construction of the amended CECP power plant. Following successful commercial operation, the project owner seeks shutdown and decommissioning of the EPS, as well as demolition of all above-ground EPS facilities west of the North County Transit District (NCTD) railroad tracks.

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.

For Questions About This Power Plant Contact:

Scott Seipel,Manager, Environmental Business

For Questions About This Siting Case Contact:

Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Public Adviser
California Energy Commission
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Phone: 916-654-4489
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