[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


On September 26, 2003, the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) received a petition to amend the Energy Commission Decision for the Henrietta Peaker Project. The Henrietta Peaker Project is a 96 MW natural gas-fired power plant. The project went on line in July 2002. The facility is located west of Lemoore, in an unincorporated part of Kings County, CA.

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED MODIFICATION: Substitute a slightly larger, 300 kilowatt (kW) lower-emitting emergency diesel engine for the 250 kW emergency diesel engine that was originally licensed. Other than for emergency operation, the engine will only be operated up to 200 hours per year for maintenance and testing purposes. Although the maximum hourly emissions of (oxides of nitrogen) NOx and (sulfur dioxide) SO2 will increase slightly, there will be no increase in maximum NOx or SO2 emissions on a daily or annual basis. The emissions of (carbon monoxide) CO, (volatile organic compounds) VOC, and (particulate matter 10 microns in diameter or smaller) PM10 will decrease, despite the larger-sized generator, because the larger engine is a "cleaner" Air Resources Board-Certified clean diesel engine.

This petition is consistent with recent action taken by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) to propose approval for the requested emergency engine substitution. A final SJVAPCD Authority to Construct is expected on or about October 4, 2003.


The purpose of the Energy Commission's review process is to assess the impacts of this proposal on environmental quality, public health and safety. The review process includes an evaluation of the consistency of the proposed changes with the Energy Commission's Decision 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 an analysis in the next several weeks. A public hearing for the purpose of approving or denying the amendment proposal will subsequently be held at a regularly scheduled Energy Commission business meeting.

This Notice of Receipt is being mailed to interested parties and property owners adjacent to the project site who may want to participate in the amendment process.

For further information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact Ms. Margret Kim, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228. If you require special needs such as larger print materials please contact Lourdes Quiroz at (916) 654-5146. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.

DATE : October 3, 2003

TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Systems Assessment & Facilities Siting

| Back to Main Page | Homepage | Calendar | Directory/Index | Search | Contact Us |