El Segundo Power Plant Project
00-AFC-14 (Application For Certification)
00-AFC-14C (Compliance Proceeding)
Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on February 2, 2005. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.
Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:
William J. Keese, Chairman, Presiding Member
James D. Boyd, Commissioner, Associate Member
Hearing Officer: Garret Shean
- December 21, 2000 - Application for Certification filed.
- February 7, 2001 - AFC accepted as data adequate.
- September 12, 2002 - Final Staff Assessment (FSA) released.
- January 30, 2004 - Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released.
- April 16, 2004 - Revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released.
- November 24, 2004 - 2nd Revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released.
- February 2, 2005 - Commission's Final Decision released.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
On December 21, 2000, EL Segundo Power II LLC filed an Application for Certification (AFC) seeking approval from the California Energy Commission to replace the existing El Segundo Generating Station (ESGS) Units 1 and 2 in the City of El Segundo with a natural gas-fired combined cycle electric generation facility. The existing ESGS Units 3 and 4 located adjacent to Units 1 and 2 will not be modified by this project. The new combined cycle facility is expected to generate 630 megawatts (MW) under nominal conditions. This is 291 MW more than the old Units 1 and 2 were capable of generating when operating.
The project will use Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), a dry, low NOx combustor and an oxidation catalyst system to reduce air emissions. The project will not require new off-site transmission lines or natural gas pipelines. The new units will use the existing seawater cooling system without modifying the intake or outfall structures and lines, and without modifying the flow rates and capacity. New pipelines include two water supply lines occupying a single trench in El Segundo city streets and a sanitary discharge pipeline within Manhattan Beach City streets. An ammonia pipeline will be installed in the directly adjacent Chevron marine terminal property to deliver ammonia to the site for SCR.
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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