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On November 15, 2007, the California Energy Commission received a petition from Elk Hills Power to modify the Elk Hills Power Project (EHPP). EHPP is a nominal 500 MW natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant located at the intersection of Elk Hills and Skyline Roads, approximately 25 miles west of Bakersfield, in Kern County. The power plant was certified in December 2000, and it commenced commercial operation in July 2003.


Elk Hills Power, the owner of EHPP, submitted a petition to modify air quality conditions of certification AQ-10, AQ-14, AQ-27, AQ-30, AQ-33, AQ-58, AQ-61, AQ-66, AQ-67. These modifications reflect a number of minor changes necessary to bring the Energy Commission's Certification in conformance with the Permit to Operate for Elk Hills issued on August 17, 2007 by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (District) pursuant to their Rule 4703, and the issuance of the Title V permit by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


The purpose of the Energy Commission's review process is to assess the impacts of this proposal on environmental quality, and public health and safety. The review process includes an evaluation of the consistency of the proposed changes with the Energy Commission's Certification and if the project, as changed, will remain in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (Title 20, Calif. Code of Regulations, section 1769). Energy Commission staff is currently analyzing the request and will publish a staff analysis. A public hearing for the purpose of approving or denying the amendment petition will be held at a regularly scheduled Energy Commission business meeting.

The petition is available to the public on the Energy Commission's website at www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/elkhills/compliance/index.html. The staff analysis and recommendations, as well as the Energy Commission Order (if approved), will also be posted on the website. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the petition, staff analysis, or the Energy Commission Order if the changes are approved, please complete the enclosed Information Request Form and return it to the address shown.

If you have any comments or questions on the amendment, please contact Ron Yasny, Compliance Project Manager, at (916) 651-1227, or by fax to (916) 654-3882, or via e-mail at: ryasny@energy.state.ca.us within 15 days of the date of this notice.

This Notice of Receipt is being mailed to all interested parties and property owners adjacent to the project site who are on the post-certification mailing list and who may want to participate in the amendment process.

For further information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact the Energy Commission Public Adviser's Office toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you require special accommodations, please contact Lourdes Quiroz at (916) 654-5146. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.

Date Posted: November 27, 2007

Roger E. Johnson, Manager Siting and Compliance Office
Energy Facilities Siting Division

Enclosure: Information Request Form

Mail List #745

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