Committee Order on Eligibility for Expedited Review & Schedule
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ENERGY
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COMMITTEE ORDER ON ELIGIBILITY
FOR EXPEDITED REVIEW
& SCHEDULE

 
HENRIETTA PEAKER PROJECT
APPICATION FOR CERTIFICATION,
DOCKET NO. 01-AFC-18
   
   
   

Background
Initially, Applicant sought review of its Application for Certification (AFC) under the four-month expedited review process of Public Resources Code section 25552. Said section provides that within 25 days after acceptance of an AFC, the Energy Commission, or a Committee of the Energy Commission, must determine whether the AFC qualifies for an expedited decision. [Pub. Resources Code, 25552, subd. (b)(2).] On Wednesday, October 17, 2001, the Energy Commission adopted Resolution No. 01-1017-02 as a necessary prerequisite to accepting Applicant's AFC as data adequate and appointed a committee to conduct proceedings on the AFC.

On November 14, 2001, the full Energy Commission considered a Petition for Reconsideration of Resolution No. 01-1017-02 asserting that the Energy Commission does not have the authority to waive the requirements of Section 25552. The specific requirements in question are that the project not be a major source of air pollution and that the project convert to combined cycle or cogeneration within 3 years of initial operation. The matter was continued to December 5, 2001, for further consideration.

In the absence of the waiver contained in Resolution No. 01-1017-02, the Henrietta project would not qualify for the expedited four-month process of Public Resources Code, section 25552.

At the public Informational Hearing on November 8, 2001, the Applicant and local agencies presented information about the project as well as the largely completed local agency review of the project, including the unprecedented availability of the Final Determination of Compliance prior to the Informational Hearing.

Discussion
The Energy Commission has not stayed the applicability of Resolution 01-1017-02. Nevertheless, it is potentially foreseeable that the Resolution may be withdrawn upon reconsideration, and that such withdrawal could be effective both prospectively and retroactively. This would affect this Henrietta proceeding.

Given this current unsettled nature, and out of an abundance of caution related to legal requirements and processes, the Committee believes that this proceeding should go forward under the provisions of Public Resources Code section 25540.6. We base this decision on the state of readiness of the proceeding due to the Applicant's success in providing not only timely but early information, and our belief that the processing of this AFC should be accomplished as expeditiously as the readiness of the parties will allow. Thus, to provide immediate clarity and guidance to the Applicant, staff, governmental agencies, and the participating public, the Committee establishes the attached schedule.

ORDER

  1. The Henrietta AFC shall be processed pursuant to Public Resources Code section 25540.6; and

  2. The Henrietta AFC shall be processed in accordance with the attached schedule.



Dated: November 15, 2001

ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION


ARTHUR H. ROSENFELD
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Henrietta AFC Committee


MICHAL C. MOORE
Commissioner and Associate Member
Henrietta AFC Committee

 
 
 
 
 
HENRIETTA AFC SCHEDULE
DAY DATE ACTIVITY
0 Oct-17 Energy Commission (CEC) determines Application is complete
    Notice of Informational Hearing, Site Visit & Schedule
    Staff Files and Serves Data Requests
    Staff Publishes Issue Identification Report
  Nov-8 Informational Hearing & Site Visit
    Data Request Workshop(s) (per Staff)
    Committee Determines Application Qualifies: Pub. Res. Code 25552
  Nov-14 Applicant Files Data Responses (per Staff)
50 Dec-7 Initial Critical Path Items Required from Applicant -
  • Preliminary Determination of Compliance (PDOC)

  • Biological Opinion or Equivalent Demonstration of LORS Compliance

  • Cal-ISO Transmission Interconnection Review and Approval

  • "Will Serve" Letter or Equivalent from Water Supplier

  • Demonstration of NPDES Permit Compliance, if Necessary

  • Responses to All Data Requests Not Previously Submitted

  • Any Other Critical Path Item Known to Applicant

60 Dec-17 Staff files and serves Staff Assessment
  Dec-20 Committee Workshop(s)/Prehearing Conference
  Dec-20 Committee Files and Serves Hearing Order
  Dec-28 Testimony Filed and Served
  Jan-4 Evidentiary Hearing (Possibly Preceded by Committee Workshops)
89 Jan-15 Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD) Issued (Based on FDOC); Begin 30-day Public Comment Period
  Feb-7 Final Critical Path Items Required from Applicant -
  • Adopted Final General Plan Amendment, Zoning Ordinance, and/or Conditions Required by Local Agencies but for CEC Jurisdiction
119 Feb-14 End of Public Comment Period on PMPD
  Feb-20 Decision on PMPD (Regularly Scheduled Commission Business Meeting)
Or, if Necessary
    "Revised" PMPD Issued; Begin 15-day Public Comment Period
    End of Public Comment Period on Revised PMPD
    Decision on Revised PMPD



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